Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission today has refused amnesty to a former member of the African National Congress-aligned self defence unit for the murder of a policeman in Phuthaditjhaba in 1993.
Molahleki Patrick Motlokoa shot dead Sergeant Hadibonoe Peacock Tsosane in the Free State town on May 19 1993. The policeman's companion Ms Refiloe Anastacia Mandwene was locked up in the boot of a car before their attackers fled with Sergt Tsosane's service firearm. Motlokoa was later convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
In its decision, the committee described Motlokoa as an unsatisfactory witness expressing dissatisfaction at his failure to tell the truth regarding the incident. The committee said: " The applicant made no mention in his (amnesty) application form that he was a member of the SDU and that he acted in furtherance of an instruction given to him by his commander.
"His explanation for not mentioning that in his application form, which specifically asks for(the) identity of the person who issued the instruction is unimpressive. ...After careful consideration of the evidence given by the applicant and the documentation placed before us, we are not satisfied that the applicant has made full disclosure of all relevant facts and we are also not satisfied that the crimes committed by the applicant were acts associated with (a) political objective."