Apartheid prisoner Motsamai released after 27 years behind bars

Motsamai was arrested when he was 26-years-old for the murder of a white traffic officer in a botched supermarket robbery.

Apartheid prisoner Kenny Motsamai has been released on full parole after 27 years at the Boksburg Prison. Picture: Victor Magwedze/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Apartheid prisoner Kenny Motsamai has been released on unconditional parole after spending 27 years behind bars.

The Correctional Services Department says after its meeting on Wednesday, the parole board saw no reason to refuse the 53-year-old parole.

Motsamai was arrested when he was 26-years-old for the murder of a white traffic officer in a botched supermarket robbery.

A visibly elated Motsamai walked out of the Boksburg Correctional Services office cleanly shaven, dressed in a black suit and surrounded by his family and supporters.

He kissed the ground before greeting Pan African Congress (PAC) and EFF supporters who had been waiting outside the prison for his release since early this morning.

Motsamai says although there are conditions to his release he is excited to be spending his first night at home.

He has also hit out at the African National Congress (ANC) over its treatment of political prisoners who don't belong to the ruling party.

Motsamai says that he is happy to have been granted parole but is also sad that so many like him are still behind bars.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Dali Mpofu says they have been supporting Motsamai for the past two years and also want to see justice for other apartheid prisoners.

“For us, he symbolises the fact that this regime is still prepared to keep political prisoners which is a very bad sign as there is discrimination between political prisoners of different political organisations.”

Motsamai says although he appreciates the EFF's support he is still a PAC member.

(Edited by Neo Koza)