Kenny Motsamai cries out to Cyril to release political prisoners

Kenny Motsamai cries out to Cyril to release political prisoners

The EFF's Kenny Motsamai has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to release prisoners who fought for freedom during the previous regime.

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Kenny Motsamai, who was sworn in as a Member of Parliament on Thursday, broke down in tears as he called on Ramaphosa to release political prisoners.

"Ntate Motsamai breaks down into tears talking to @AndiMakinana, appealing to the President of South Africa to release political prisoners #EFFInParliament," the video was captioned.

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On Thursday, reported that Motsamai was sworn in as an MP after Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng revealed that the section that banned former convicts from becoming members of Parliament came into effect after his sentence began.

Motsamai spent 28 years in prison for killing a white traffic officer in 1989 and was released on parole last year.

We asked our readers if they thought a former convict should be allowed to serve as an MP and the majority felt people deserve a second chance.

Vusi Ngwenya commented: "Yes ..however he must tick all the box ticked by the fighter..not just cause there prison. In this case some factors were considered.I.e laws past after convictions...! Amen."
Patricia Becker Stapleton wrote: "Political prisoner in apartheid days. There but for the grace of God go so many of us."
Bongani Bobo Mgaga added: "Why not ? Murderers like PW Botha and Hendrik Verwoed were also in Parliament isn't?"
Loyd Vintie said: "Everyone deserve second chance don't judge book by its cover."

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