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South African apartheid assassin granted parole

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:54 PM

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock has been granted parole after 20 years in jail.



He was nicknamed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the killing and maiming of activists fighting white minority rule in the 1980s and early 1990s.



Justice Minister Michael Masutha said De Kock would be released in the interest of nation-building.



The 66 year old was sentenced in 1996 to two life terms in prison and a further 212 years for the crimes he committed.



Masutha said the time and place of De Kock's release would not be made public.

The justice minister stressed that his decision was guided by South Africa's constitution.



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