Johannesburg - The need for restorative justice, the discretion of a minister and the independence of a judge are being raised in a court case arising from the failed parole application of an apartheid assassin.
Ferdi Barnard, a former member of the apartheid military’s covert Civil Co-operation Bureau hit squad, is heading back to court to try again for parole.
In February, the National Council for Correctional Services recommended that Barnard be granted parole, but a week later, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha refused him parole.
Barnard applied to the high court in Pretoria to overturn Masutha’s decision, but last month lost the case.
He is now bringing an application for leave to appeal against that judgment.