The People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD) trio have been freed from prison after being incarcerated for 21 years.
The Weekend Argus reported that the three men, Ebrahim Jeneker, Abdullah Maansdorp and Mohammad Isaacs, were released earlier last week.
Pagad gained notoriety from the police and praise from the people, in the ’90s for progressive acts of vigilante violence which included arson and murder.
In 2002, Jeneker and Maansdorp were convicted on three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder as well as multiple counts of armed robbery and the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and was sentenced to three life terms.
Pagad national secretary, Abieda Roberts, told the publication that: “We confirm the release of Abdullah Maansdorp, Ebrahim Jeneker, and Mogammad Isaacs, which was long overdue. We welcome them and we salute them and we commend them for their sacrifices.”
Western Cape’s regional commissioner for Correctional Services Delekile Klaas said that he could not confirm the trio’s release.