Mandela's ex-wife: Don't free S African apartheid killer

19:19, January 25, 2010      

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex- wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, has criticized the possibility of apartheid-era killer Eugene de Kock receiving a pardon.

Speculation has been rife that De Kock was to receive a pardon after it was reported he had met South African President Jacob Zuma last year.

Some South African weekend newspapers reported his release was imminent.

On Monday, The Star newspaper in Johannesburg quoted Madikizela- Mandela as saying, "I cannot imagine anyone talking release of people like that. I cannot believe that we can even begin talking about (De Kock's early release). I just can't."

She compared the possible release of De Kock to that of Janusz Walus, who was convicted of the murder of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani in 1993.

"It pains me so much to even talk about that. When you talk about De Kock, you talk about Walus to me," she said.

"Some of the young cadres who were groomed by me were killed by De Kock," Madikizela-Mandela said. "What about the victims? I know some of the mothers of the children who were killed by him. They haven't been asked (if he should be released)."

"(De Kock's release) is a subject I cannot even consider. I lost too much. I saw too much blood to support such a move. I just

find that very hurtful... that anybody should even talk about his release. He deserves to be where he is," she said.

Another Johannesburg newspaper, Beeld, on Monday devoted an entire page to the subject of De Kock's pardon and published comments from nearly 50 public intellectuals, academics and entertainers.

Source: Xinhua
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