Chris Hani killer Janusz Walus denied parole

2020-03-16 11:36
Janusz Walus.

Janusz Walus. (Supplied)

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Chris Hani's killer, Janusz Walus, has been denied parole, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement on Monday.

"Placing offender Walus on parole would negate the severity that the court sought when sentencing him. With this premise, and balancing both negative and positive factors, the placement on parole of offender Walus is not approved at this stage," said Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.

In his decision-making, Lamola noted Hani's political assassination was "executed with the intention to create chaos and mayhem in the country".

"It must also be noted that Walus was convicted of murder with no extenuating circumstances having been found to be present.

"I have also taken note of the legal regime applicable based on the date on which Walus committed the crime. This implies that should it be my decision to approve his placement on parole, he would be on parole for a maximum period of three years, less any possible remissions for which he might qualify," Lamola explained his reasoning.

In December, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria instructed Lamola to reconsider the matter within 60 days, News24 reported.

Walus is serving a life sentence at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria. He assassinated Hani, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party, in 1993.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has welcomed the Minister's decision calling Walus "an unrepentant assassin who must not be granted parole".

"The assassination would have succeeded to plunge South Africa into war, had it not been of the sterling and resilient intervention by the leadership of our movement in the midst of what nearly became an insurmountable situation.

"The Minister is correct in holding that ‘placing the offender Walus on parole would negate the severity that the court sought when sentencing him," the political party said in a statement on Monday.

The SACP is of the view that the man that pulled the trigger has made every effort to not serve his sentence since that fateful day in 1993.

"From the onset Walus made use of every opportunity to not serve his sentence, however. Among others he approached the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which denied him amnesty, and has consistently been applying to be placed on parole," the SACP said.

The political party further adds that to this day there has not been full disclosure of the truth from the assassin on the incident.

Hani was SACP General Secretary and ANC National Executive Committee member at the time of the assassination on 10 April 1993.

He also served as the Chief of Staff of the joint SACP and ANC military wing, uMkhonto weSizwe

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