THE ANC does not discuss presidential pardons with President Jacob Zuma, it said yesterday.
"The ANC doesn't inform the president's decisions," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.
"Many issues are the president's prerogatives. We try to separate these matters from any ANC discussions so that we don't influence the president on any matter as the ANC," he said.
The comment follows a Sunday newspaper report that new legal grounds were considered for the release of killer Eugene de Kock and fraudster Schabir Shaik.
An ANC source told the newspaper that "selective prosecution" would be cited as grounds for pardon.
According to this principle, it is unfair that the individuals were convicted alone even though they acted with accomplices. They should therefore be released.
The paper further reported that there is considerable division within the ANC over both De Kock's and Shaik's pardons.
But the "selective prosecutions" argument was weak, the paper quoted constitutional expert Professor Pierre de Vos as saying.
"It is completely true that there was selective prosecution, but that means the alleged accomplices also have to be prosecuted - not that everyone should be freed," he said.
"In this case the answer ... is to prosecute Zuma (in Shaik's case) and De Kock's commanding officers," he said. - Sapa