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Chis Hani’s Killers vs SA Justice System

27 February 2014, 17:00

Let us talk about Clive Derby-Lewis and Janus Walusz. They killed Chris Hani and that was during the apartheid regime. I believe that people are kept in prison because they are a threat to society.

Are they a threat to our society?

Clive Derby-Lewis, now 78 had served close to 20years in prison for his 25years sentence. He has cancer and applied for medical parole twice already. Janus Walusz, 61 had also served the same sentence. I do not think they are any threat to anyone. Why can’t they just get released to spend their last days with their families?

Let us look at Shabir Chaik, he got medical parole and he is still very much alive and kicking. Isn’t that a loophole already in our justice system? The Jackie Selebi’s of this country, how many do we have.

Chris Hani was a South African icon during the struggle but life cannot be compared, how many people had been killed during the apartheid era and how many were arrested and still serving sentences for those murders. The fact remains our judicial system is not fair to an ordinary man. I am not excusing Hani’s murderers but the reality of the situation is, just as we had forgiven apartheid and those who killed our families, let us forgive these two men and move on.

Mr Motlanthe said the release of Clive and Janus is complicate and take people back, don’t you think the release of that rapist or murderer who served only four years or less of his sentence did not take the victims and families back?

We are always told in SA to forgive and move on from apartheid but if there are “OLD” people still imprisoned for apartheid sins then there is no moving on. It means our forgiveness has a filter somewhere. Our prisons are full, murderers and rapists are still walking tall freely and people believe that Clive and Janus must still stay there. Come on. Let the justice system favour everyone including the killers of Chris Hani.

I don’t believe we still need this debate. Their release should be part of forgiveness, reconciliation and new South Africa. Forgiveness of the past. I say release them and let us move on from it all.


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