He said when parole is revoked, you don’t start a new sentence but continue during the term when parole was granted.
Booth said that a repeat and violent offender such as Hlongwane should not have been granted parole after being convicted of murder.
“Someone like that, I would not release. If he’s arrested for a whole lot of offences, he’s shown a tendency to break his parole conditions and commit worse crimes. He’s not be released on parole. ... maybe we do need a complete overhaul parole system,” he said.
Criminal lawyer Nthabiseng Dubazana said parole boards did not look at previous convictions but rather the time spent in prison and how you behaved.
Dubazana said that correctional services or parole boards did not have access to SAP69 record which states how many crimes one has been convicted of and if there are any pending cases.
“When a person is being considered, they should look if a person even qualifies if his/her previous conditions are similar.
“Parole board works with limited scope of information. SAPS need to start working with correctional services,” Dubazana said.
DA MP Janho Engelbrecht said one of the best ways to prevent correctional services from releasing unrehabilitated offenders is to change the composition of the parole board from its current form.