Court told to halt pardons

The Gauteng North high court must grant an interim interdict preventing President Kgalema Motlanthe from granting pardons to prisoners convicted of apartheid-era politically motivated crimes.

The Gauteng North high court must grant an interim interdict preventing President Kgalema Motlanthe from granting pardons to prisoners convicted of apartheid-era politically motivated crimes.

This request was made yesterday by lawyers for civil society groups.

Geoff Budlender, SC, said the court should freeze the granting of pardons until the rights of victims' families to make representations had been determined.

"We are asking the court to freeze the situation until that issue can be debated properly," he said.

The case continues. - Sapa

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