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Chris Hani killer Janusz Walus has been released on parole.
Chris Hani killer Janusz Walus has been released on parole.
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After 28 years in jail and multiple court battles, Chris Hani's murderer, Janusz Walus, has been released from prison – in what the correctional services department has described as "a vindication…of our moral authority as democracy-loving South Africans".

Referring to how Walus and his co-perpetrator, Clive Derby-Lewis, had tried to plunge South Africa into civil war by assassinating SA Communist Party leader Hani in the driveway of his Dawn Park home in 1993, the spokesperson at the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, Chrispin Phiri, said.

He told News24: "Walus tried, but failed to bring out the worst in us with his callous deed in 1993. In affording him a fair trial, detaining him in humane conditions for close to 30 years, and now affording him the same rights, recourse, and protections as any other offender in this country, even at the cost of deep societal pain, we have, as a people, once again defeated the retrogressive ideology of Walus and his ilk.

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