Cape Town – An application by apartheid-era hitman Ferdi Barnard was dismissed by the Northern Gauteng High Court, said the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services which welcomed the decision on Wednesday.
“The North Gauteng High Court has dismissed an application by inmate Ferdi Barnard following his review application for the Minister’s decision to be set aside and for the court to order his immediate release,” said Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for Justice Minister Michael Masutha.
“The Minister has welcomed the judgment as it reaffirms his long-held view that his decision was reasonable and above board. Minister commits to ensuring that his department applies the law fairly in its parole processing.”
Barnard, a former apartheid-era Civil Co-operation Bureau (CCB) agent, was in 1998 found guilty of serious crimes which included the 1989 murder of anti-apartheid activist and anthropologist Dr David Webster and the attempted murder of struggle stalwart Dullah Omar.
Webster had been gunned down outside of his home in Johannesburg while Barnard was out on parole for a previous murder and offences he had reportedly committed during his service within the apartheid police force. Barnard was thus sentenced to two life terms and a further 63 years imprisonment.