‘It is unfair that de Kock is out on parole, while Walus isn't’
Janusz Walus’s laywer says it’s unfair that someone who’s found guilty of numerous murders is free.
JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing Janusz Walus say they feel that it is unfair and unlawful that other apartheid killers have been granted parole, but not him.
Walus, the man who killed South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani in 1993, has turned to the High Court in yet another parole attempt.
While the parole board has given the Polish-born man the green light to be freed, Justice Minister Michael Masutha refused, calling for further dialogue with the party and the Hani family, who are against Walus being freed.
Dubbed prime evil, Eugene de Kock was the commanding officer of a counter insurgency unit that kidnapped, tortured and murdered numerous anti-apartheid activists for over a decade.
De Kock is a self-confessed mass murderer who in 1996 was tried and convicted on 89 charges and sentenced to over 200 years in prison in.
He served 19 years.
Walus's lawyer, Roelof du Plessis, says it's unfair that a person such as de Kock who was found guilty of committing numerous murders is free, while his client, who killed one person, is still serving time.
"Mr Walus has served more time than Mr de Kock so we feel that the time has come for him to be placed on parole."
SACP Deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila says no amount of jail time will ever be enough.
"What about the family? What was his sentence? In fact, he was supposed to be sentenced to death. He should actually thank Chris Hani for fighting for democracy in this country."
Court adjourned and the presiding judge said she would be liaising with both legal teams to set up a date when her decision will be heard.
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