Will Kenny Motsamai ever be a free man again?

22 March 2018 - 13:30
By Naledi Shange
Kenny Mostamai.File photo
Image: Gallo Images / Beeld / Felix Dlangamandla Kenny Mostamai.File photo

Following his re-arrest‚ it was unclear whether political prisoner Shadrack Doshani‚ known as Kenny Motsamai‚ would ever get out of jail again.

After a year on parole‚ the Department of Correctional Services on Thursday announced that Motsamai's parole had been revoked after he broke certain conditions.

"Motsamai is a lifer and therefore his sentence does not have a determination‚" said department spokesperson‚ Mocheta Monama.

"His files will be resubmitted to the minister in three months’ time for reconsideration [of parole]. The reconsideration will be determined by his cooperation to attend therapeutic programmes with the social workers and psychologists‚ as set out by the minister‚" Monama said.

Motsamai is being kept at the Boksburg Correctional Facility and has been there since his re-arrest last month.

Motsamai had violated his parole conditions by travelling outside the magisterial district under false pretense.

At the time‚ the department said he had joined protesters outside the military veterans department in Pretoria‚ where he also addressed the crowd. He was also accused of getting violent with department officials.

The department said Motsamai had been warned not to break his parole conditions.

Motsamai had served 27 years and 11 months behind bars for the killing of a white traffic officer in 1989. The officer was killed amid a bank robbery sanctioned by the PAC. The proceeds from the robbery were to assist the PAC in its activities. He was 26 years old when he was arrested and had just returned from Ethiopia after military training.

Prior to his release‚ Motsamai had served six months on day parole‚ which meant he could leave the prison in the morning and return in the afternoon. His movements were tracked via a monitoring device. The conditions for his release permitted him to find employment.

Pastor Paseka Motsoeneng‚ known as Mboro‚ donated R40 000 towards a car wash business for Motsamai in Katlehong on the day of his release. The business reportedly collapsed a few months later.

Motsamai was one of the political veterans who were awarded a state-funded house in Daveyton. In an interview with The Star newspaper earlier this year‚ he was quoted as saying that the house was "more like a toilet". He told the paper that the department of military veterans had built him another house in Golden Gardens but it turned out to have roof leaks and had no electricity. He was not living in the house.

He had refused to apologise or show remorse for the killing. He reportedly said he could not apologise for the death of the white traffic officer because white people had not apologised to black people for apartheid.