Some political parties complain that very little has been done to help their prisoners many years after the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the dawn of democracy.
Some of the people who are awaiting their fate are not even sure how their crimes were classified and if they qualify for political amnesty.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Phillip de Wet, the Associate Editor of the Mail & Guardian and Majorie Dobson from Khulumani Support Group, to shed light on the subject.
Listen to the conversation below:
Presidents Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki have painted themselves into a corner... There's not much that can be done to speed things up, and hence we have about 1000 people stuck in limbo...— Phillip de Wet, Associate Editor - M&G