Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola has announced that the presidential pardon application of Fees Must Fall activist Kanya Cekeshe has been put on hold.
Briefing the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on the department's annual report on Wednesday, Lamola said he had been advised that they would have to wait for Cekeshe's appeal process to finish.
"I have since been advised that he has applied for leave to appeal. This effectively means that the application for a pardon cannot be entertained alongside the judicial process," Lamola said.
Earlier this week, Cekeshe was denied leave to appeal his conviction in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court as well as an application for bail, pending the outcome of the process.
A few hours later, Lamola tweeted that the department would urgently assist Cekeshe with a presidential pardon.
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