Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha, told TimesLIVE this week that his family’s emotional wounds were reopened by an e-mail on Monday from their legal representative in Cape Town, advocate Jared Naidoo, informing them that a “decision was made to grant Mr Tongo parole”.
The correctional services department told TimesLIVE this was untrue, and a decision would be made only later this month.
Naidoo's e-mail reads: “On Friday evening [6 July 2020], I received a call from Malmesbury prison, from one of the members of the parole committee who sat in our hearing last year.
“He informed me, and asked me to inform you, that at a parole meeting hearing that occurred on May 27 2020, the decision was made to grant Mr Tongo parole. His parole will commence on July 28 2020.
“I pressed said member about the decision being made without any representative of the family being present, but was assured that our previous representations were once again taken into account when considering the decision to grant parole.”
In the e-mail, Naidoo said he disagreed with the parole board’s decision but advised the Hindochas that the decision was discretionary.