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Yengeni's early release 'disgusting'

By unknown | Jan 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

Opposition politicians have slammed Tony Yengeni's early release from prison as a "national disgrace".

The IFP's Sybil Seaton said yesterday: "The release of convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni is a clear indication that ANC high-profile prisoners receive preferential treatment.

"Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour said there would not be special treatment for Yengeni. This proved to be a lie.

"Every rule in the book has been changed or bent to accommodate Yengeni.

"This has turned out to be one big farce," she said.

The DA's spokesman on prisons, James Selfe, echoed this view.

"As an unrepentant and self-righteous Tony Yengeni was released it was clear that the Department of Correctional Services has done itself and South Africa no favours.

"Yengeni's attitude, and that of the many top-level ANC members prepared to associate themselves with him is setting the most appalling example."

The Independent Democrats' leader, Patricia de Lille, slammed Yengeni's short stay in prison as "disgusting".

"This is no example to ordinary South Africans - to the millions to whom we must prove that justice is dished out fairly to all."

If Yengeni breaks his parole "we will make sure he goes back to jail", she said.

The African Christian Democratic Party's Steve Swart said the early release was "disgraceful".


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