Former inmate sworn into Parliament, pleads with Ramaphosa to release inmates

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EFF’s Kenny Motsamai was inducted into Parliament, albeit holding a criminal record; while there, he pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to release political prisoners.

On Thursday, 23 May 2019, the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Kenny Motsamai was inducted as a Member of Parliament (MP). Those present at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) watched with baited breathe as chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng opened the ceremony by citing constitutional requirements that prohibit a convicted criminal from becoming an MP.

Mogoeng did not mention any names but cited section 106 of the constitution, which prohibits those who have served a sentence of more than a year in prison without the option of a fine from becoming MPs.

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