We will take law into own hands if Hani killer is released - MK veterans

2016-04-12 11:53
MK veterans outside the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

MK veterans outside the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Should Janusz Walus be granted parole, veteran soldiers will be forced to take the law into their own hands, the uMkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association said on the steps of the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Regional secretary Vuyani Mamani was among the MK soldiers who handed over a memorandum for the attention of the chief justice calling for the man who killed Chris Hani not to be released. 

"One thing is certain: if Walus sees or walks the streets of SA, the world must wait for something that was never expected again. Because that will take us back to what we avoided back in the 1990s when we went through negotiations," he warned.

"If we ever see him outside of jail again, then we will have to take the law into our own hands."

Appeal

The veterans stood in solidarity with Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha‚ who is on Tuesday applying for leave to appeal against last month’s parole judgment ordering the release of Walus.

Hani was shot and killed outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg, on April 10, 1993.

In May last year, Clive Derby-Lewis, who provided the gun Walus used to kill Hani, was granted medical parole.

The 79-year-old had spent more than 21 years behind bars and was dying of lung cancer.

In January last year, he was given just six more months to live. Derby-Lewis is still alive today.

Bitter

Fumanikile Booi, chairperson of the association’s Dullah Omar region, said the soldiers were bitter at the death of their "beloved leader".

"We couldn’t avenge. When the ANC took the decision that we are going to negotiate [with the apartheid government], [Hani] was bitter. But because he was a disciplined soldier, he convinced the masses that this was the [decision] of the leadership," he said.

"Nelson Mandela [said to us] who were there on that Sunday [Hani was killed] in Gauteng, that by avenging his killers we will just give advantage to those who don’t want to see us negotiate a free South Africa and will set our efforts 10 years back, on top of the 300 years we have already suffered."

But the veterans now wanted answers, Booi said.

"The bullet that killed Chris Hani also affected [then ANC president] Oliver Tambo because Tambo died a few days later. If you were there and saw how broken our commander in chief was on that Sunday when he came to see where Chris Hani was killed… he didn’t last. We had to bury him the following weeks after that.

"We are saying Walus didn’t just kill Chris Hani, he [indirectly] killed our beloved president Tambo."

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