A Presidential Pardon is a government decision to allow a person who has been convicted of a serious crime to be free and absolved of that conviction, as if they were never convicted. To pardon a person is to forgive a person for his/her deeds. The pardon process is therefore not available to persons who maintain their innocence and is not an advanced form of appeal procedure.
This alternative option is for more serious crimes where direct imprisonment was received or a fine exceeding R20,000 was paid.
All pardon applications will be required to process for an Expungement application. The Department of Justice will then forward a denial letter for the conviction(s) which will require a Presidential Pardon and list reasons why the individual did not qualify for Expungement.
There are numerous reasons why an Expungement application is denied, see Do I qualify for more information.