As a gesture of reconciliation, the president of South Africa has informed 14 647 criminals that he will suspend their prison sentence and that they will be on the streets again soon. On the street? To rob and plunder?
These people have not yet all been rehabilitated and most of them will probably be guilty of a crime shortly after release.
Even from the black ranks, Ramaphosa has been accused of “striking the face” of South Africans and law enforcement – the Inkatha Freedom Party said.
Questions are being asked about political prisons that have remained in prison since the apartheid era and will receive no presidential grace.