Hani killer Janusz Walus remains in prison

2019-Oct-09   07:30

Hani killer Janusz Walus remains in prison
The late struggle stalwart, Chris Hani

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

It’s another wait before Janusz Walus - the man who killed Chris Hani - knows if he will be released on parole or not.

 

On Monday the North Gauteng High Court reserved judgment in the Justice Ministry’s application for Walus to be denied parole. He is service a life sentence for assassinating the former South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary outside his home in Boksburg in 1993.

 

Former Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, denied Walusparole. Masutha announced in January this year that the Polish national would not be granted parole because there was conflicting information that made it difficult to determine whether or not he should be freed.

Masutha’s legal representative, Marumo Moerane SC, said the report compiled by psychologist Joel Mbele, showed that Walus demonstrated no remorse for Hani's murder and argued that this report was balanced.

 

“He makes certain statements and expresses opinions that are in favour of Walus. One cannot see bias,” said Moerane.

But Walus's lawyer, Roelof du Plessis SC, accused Masuthaof being biased and unable to make an objective decision because he is a political appointee. Walus’s legal team wants the court to set aside Masutha's decision to deny the convicted killer parole.

 

SACP General secretary, Blade Nzimande, said Walus could never be rehabilitated.

“What is coming out of court is that Janusz Walus has not expressed remorse. He only started doing that after 20 years in prison, which means he was only doing it just for the sake of being considered for parole. So what he is, in essence, is a political assassin and often political assassins are never rehabilitated.

 

Nzimande said evidence from experts actually support the belief that Walus thinks Communists are dangerous.

 

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