Mbalula: Walus did not show remorse, he must rot in jail

2016-03-15 12:12
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Johannesburg - Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has said that convicted killer Janusz Walus must "rot in jail" because he did not show remorse for the killing of Chris Hani, reports said on Tuesday.

Mbalula made the statement at a march he led to the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on Monday to protest the release of convicted assassin Janusz Walus, who killed ANC and SACP member Chris Hani in 1993.

Walus has served 23 years in jail for the crime, but was granted parole last week, News24 reported.

The marching crowd on Monday disagreed with the decision to grant Walus parole. Limpho Hani, Chris’s widow, and Mbalula lead the crowd to hand over a memorandum calling for a review of the Walus decision, Eyewitness News reported.

The Sports minister told the gathered crowd that Walus "did not show remorse", and must therefore rot in jail for the rest of his life.

Mbalula also said Walus wanted to “plunge this country to a civil war”, ANN7 reported.

Upon reading out the demands, Mbalula told the gathered crowd that they call for the release of all political prisoners that are in still in jail regardless of party affiliation.

The Sports minister emphasised that pre-1994 prisoners should get preference.

The list of demands also included “full disclosure” from Walus on why he killed Hani.

Hani daughter to meet with Walus?

No date has been set meanwhile for a meeting between Chris Hani's daughter Lindiwe and her father's killer Janusz Walus, News24 reported on Monday.

Walus's lawyer Julian Knight confirmed to News24 that he was facilitating a meeting between Lindiwe and his client, but said he was still waiting for the correctional services department to make arrangements.

"I am attempting a meeting between the two. I have sent a letter attempting to sort out a meeting and I am waiting for correctional services to make arrangement," he said. 

Knight said while he could not go into further details of the planned meeting, the request for the meeting came from Lindiwe.

SA Communist Party national spokesperson Alex Mashilo said the party and the Hani family fully supported Lindiwe on her desire to meet with her father's killer. 

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