Judge greenlights release of Hani killer

By Drum Digital
14 April 2016

The Pretoria High Court has dismissed Justice Minister Michael Masutha’s application for leave to appeal the release of Janusz Walus, who murdered struggle icon and South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani.

By Ayanda Sitole

In response, Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Correctional service, took to social media saying they will be opposing the release and making a petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal SCA.

The SACP said they support Mathusa and would join them in their efforts to take the matter to the SCA.

Walus was due to be released on parole last month after serving 23 years of his 25 year jail sentence.

“Janusz Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis cold-bloodedly murdered Comrade Chris Hani on 10 April 1993,” said the SACP. “They were sentenced to death. Their death sentences were later commuted to life imprisonment; thanks to Comrade Chris Hani’s struggle for the protection of the right to life, the supreme right Walusz and Derby-Lewis denied him through the murder.”

The SACP says no parole should be granted to Walus and his co-accused Derby-Lewis because they are “unrepentant and unremorseful murderers who have no understanding of the enormity of their crime.”

Clive Derby-Lewis was granted medical parole after multiple visits to the prison hospital, where he was diagnosed with cancer.

The SACP says it is not surprised by the judgement delivered by Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen “after observing how she had been handling herself from the outset in handling the matter, and particularly on Tuesday 12 April. The SACP is disappointed at the continued negative attitude displayed by Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen towards the legal team of the Minister as opposed to the cordial reception she accords Walus' legal team.

“This time, the attitude which is worrying to the SACP was combined with a display of irritation towards the appeal.”

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