Apartheid-era killer Ferdi Barnard officially released from prison

Apartheid-era killer Ferdi Barnard officially released from prison

Today sees the release of Ferdi Barnard, a former apartheid agent, after serving more than two decades behind bars. Although he has been released from prison, Barnard will still be held to the terms of conditions of his release, with any infringements having the potential to secure his return to prison.

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Ferdi Barnard walks free today after serving more than 20 years in jail for his crimes.

The Citizen reported that Minister Michael Masutha approved parole earlier this year, three years after the first application had been put forward.

Barnard had been found guilty of murdering Wits University academic, Dr David Webster, as well as anti-apartheid activists.

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Singabhakho Nxumalo, spokesperson for correctional services, confirmed that Barnard's application for parole had been granted.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Maggie Friedman, Webster's wife, had reportedly personally been involved in the decision and had raised no objection.

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Although Barnard is on parole he will still have his guilty conviction looming over him. He will now be placed under supervision and monitoring until the end of his days.

Barnard's personal conduct will determine his continued freedom, with any mistakes having the potential to see him back behind bars.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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