Students unhappy with Masutha’s ‘help’ for pardons

#FeesMustFall student leaders say the minister of justice should do more than just help them apply for a Presidential Pardon.

The leaders had asked Minister Michael Masutha at a meeting last Wednesday to plead their case to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile told the media after Masutha’s media briefing in Pretoria on Monday that Masutha had not agreed to their request.

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The student leaders demanded that all #FeesMustFall protesters convicted of crimes related to the protests be pardoned.

“The minister gave us a lecture on law and rhetoric which was lacking in terms of specifics.” Khanyile said adding that fellow students were willing to work with the minister to resolve all problems.

Masutha had told the briefing that students had to understand and respect the separation of powers and the rule of law.

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“The executive had neither the mandate nor inclination to favour any person or group of people with a specific or general reprieve outside the existing constitutional legal framework.”

He said he would discuss with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) possible options such as mediation, on the merits of each charge against the protesters.

The minister said he could help students fill their pardon applications.

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Robinson Nqola
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