Pretoria High Court today, dismissed Justice Minister Michael Masutha’s application for leave to appeal Janusz Walus’ parole.
Reports have it that the High Court in Pretoria dismissed the state’s bid for leave to appeal Janusz Walus’ parole. Addressing the court, Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen said: “I make the following order; the first respondent’s (Masutha) application for leave to appeal is dismissed. The first respondent is ordered to pay the costs of the application, which costs include the costs of two counsels.”
Justice Minister Masutha had approached the court, insisting that an earlier high court judgment, which ordered the parole of Janusz Walus, who killed South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani, isn’t fair.
You’ll recall that the Justice Minister set aside the medical parole board’s decision to grant Walus parole. Masutha called for more dialogue with Hani’s Family and SACP before making further decision about Walus who gunned Hani down at his Boksburg home in April 1993.
Walus has already served 23 years of a life imprisonment for killing the SACP leader. But many, including Hani’s family are not pleased with Janusz Walus’ parole.
For instance, the uMkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association warned that they will seize the administration of justice if Walus’ parole happens. A regional secretary of the association said “if we ever see him outside of jail again, then we will have to take the law into our own hands…If Walus sees or walks the streets of SA, the world must wait for something that was never expected again.”
Meanwhile, Advocate Marumo Moerane, the Justice Minister’s lawyer disclosed that Masutha will petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein now that the High Court in Pretoria kicked out the state’s application for leave to appeal Janusz Walus’ parole.