The Pretoria High Court has passed the judgement that Janusz Walus, who was formerly convicted of assassinating anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani in 1993, should be released on parole in the next 14 days.
Walus, a Polish immigrant and Clive Derby-Lewis were both convicted of the murder after Janusz Walus shot and killed Hani at his Boksburg home.
Chris Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party at the time of his death.
Members of the SACP were present during the judgment and expressed disappointment as spokesperson Alex Mashilo says they are disappointed but not surprised because the judge was biased.
We received the judgment with great disappointment, but in a way the signs that it will come out this way were there because the judge kept asking questions which suggested that she will make an order such as the one she made today.
Lawyers representing Walus at the judgement argued that he should be released on parole for the purposes of Ubuntu.
Irrespective of the fact that the parole board said it was okay for him to be paroled, Justice Minister Michael Masutha refused on the basis that further dialogue with the SACP and the Hani family should be conducted before final decisions are taken.
Janusz Walus’s legal representatives argued that the Justice Minister had been biased against their client considering the justice minister’s decision to decline the Polish-born man parole was solely because of political prejudice and interference in the case.
Advocate Roelof du Plessis said that forgiveness from the Hani family, the SACP and the South African society was vital so that the country could move on from the incident.
Janusz Walus’s accomplice in the murder of Chris Hani Derby-Lewis was released in June 2015 after serving 22 years in prison.