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Mixed reaction to de Kock release, Agliotti-Selebi, more tributes to Mhere

Mixed reactions to de Kock release:

Clive Derby-Lewis (L) and Eugene de Kock (R) Pic credit: AFP

The release on parole of apartheid-era SAPS police colonel and assassin, Eugene de Kock has evoked mixed emotions.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha's Friday announcement of de Kock's parole on medical grounds comes with a denial to grant parole to Clive Derby-Lewis, who was convicted of Chris Hani's assassination.

Read EWN Online Editor Sheldon Morais's breakdown of reasons behind Minister Masutha's decision here.

Meanwhile, longtime friend of de Kock and Political Commentator, Professor Piet Croucamp says de Kock isn't celebrating:

He's not elated, he would prefer that people would not celebrate his release. His argument is that there are mixed emotions, hurt feelings; it's a terrible day for a lot of people. He would like to quietly slip back into society without a fuss and celebrations, he's very reserved about it.

Mphego on Agliotti and Crime Intelligence "At some point, he became a source":

Former Crime Intelligence Boss Mulangi Mphego has confirmed weekend reports that former SAPS National Commissioner, the late Jackie Selebi's relationship with convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti was in fact a part of an intelligence mission:

Agliotti was in fact an intelligence target and at some stage, he became a source. Indeed, as the Intelligence Community, we did encourage the National Commissioner at the time to have some kind of a relationship with Agliotti so we could suss out what exactly Agliotti was interested (in) and what Agliotti was doing in.

Tributes pour in for popular Top Billing presenter:

Pic credit: topbilling.com

EWN's Bruno Carvalho on this story: Messages of condolences continue to pour in from co-workers and friends of Top Billing host, Simba Mhere. Top Billing executive producer Basetsana Kumalo says Simba Mhere was a hard worker who was on the way up. Mhere was killed in a car crash on Saturday morning on William Nicol Drive near the N1 in Johannesburg. He collided with a VW Polo and a Mazda. Mhere was en route to the J&B Met in Cape Town when he died in the crash. A friend travelling in his car was also killed but Mhere’s father survived the crash and was taken to hospital. Organisers say the presenter made a last-minute change to his arrangement, opting to fly in a day later than originally planned.

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