Political prisoner Kenny Motsamai back in jail

09 February 2018 - 12:42 By Naledi Shange
Former Azanian People's Liberation Army member, Kenny Motsamai walks out of the Boksburg prison flanked by his wife, Mantombi and Prophet Paseka Mbhoro Motsoeneng on January 11, 2017 in Boksburg.
Former Azanian People's Liberation Army member, Kenny Motsamai walks out of the Boksburg prison flanked by his wife, Mantombi and Prophet Paseka Mbhoro Motsoeneng on January 11, 2017 in Boksburg.
Image: Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Jabu Kumalo

Political prisoner Shadrack Doshani – more commonly known as Kenny Motsamai – has been re-arrested for violating his parole conditions.

The Department of Correctional Services confirmed the re-arrest on Friday‚ saying that it was done because Motsamai joined protesters outside the military veterans department in Pretoria earlier in the week.

"Parolee Motsamai was arrested in the early hours of today [Friday] for breaching Section 52 (7) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998. He violated his house arrest parole conditions by leaving the magisterial district‚ without permission from the Boksburg Community Corrections‚ on 07 February 2018‚" said department spokesperson Ofentse Morwane.

"In terms of our preliminary investigation‚ the parolee left the magisterial district to Hatfield in Pretoria under false pretence‚ where he indicated that he was going to attend to pension matters of his children. Instead‚ he went to join a join group of protesters outside the buildings of the Department of Military Veterans‚ where he also seen addressing them on 08 February 2018. It is alleged that during the protest he also behaved in a violent manner that threatened the well-being and security of the officials at the Department of Military Veterans."

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

"[He] had previously been called before the Boksburg Correctional Supervision and Parole Board‚ where he was warned and given additional conditions not to participate in the protest. The Department of Correctional Services is expected to finalise its investigation in due course. He will appear before the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board to review his parole."

Motsamai had served 27 years and 11 months behind bars for the killing of a white traffic cop in 1989. The officer was killed amid a bank robbery sanctioned by the PAC

Motsamai had served 27 years and 11 months behind bars for the killing of a white traffic cop 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 a job or find employment. Pastor Paseka Motsoeneng‚ known as Mboro‚ donated R40,000 towards a carwash 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. The state-funded house given to him was in Daveyton. In an interview with The Star last month‚ he was quoted as saying that the house “was more like a toilet”. He told the paper that the Department of Military Veterans 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.


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