Asking Chris Hani’s family to move on is unacceptable - SACP

Attorneys for Hani’s killer says he should be released on parole for the purposes of ubuntu.

FILE: Wreaths laid at Chris Hani's grave site in South Park Cemetery south of Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - While the lawyers representing Janusz Walus have argued that he should be released on parole for the purposes of ubuntu, Chris Hani's family and the South African Communist Party (SACP) say this argument angers them because it's on the basis of emotion.

Walus, who killed the SACP leader in 1993, has turned to the high court in yet another parole attempt.

While the parole board gave him the green light to be freed, Justice Minister Michael Masutha refused, calling for further dialogue with the party and the Hani family.

The matter was heard in the North Gauteng High Court yesterday.

Walus' legal team has argued that Judge Masutha has been biased against their client, saying the justice minister's decision not to grant the Polish-born man parole is solely because of political prejudice and interference.

Advocate Roelof du Plessis says forgiveness from the Hani family, the SACP and all South Africans is vital so that the country can move on.

"What we need in this country is forgiveness, we need love and not hate. We need ubuntu."

But SACP deputy general secretary Solly Maila says asking the family to simply get over it is insensitive and upsetting.

"This point that Chris Hani's family must move on is completely unacceptable."

Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen is now applying her mind and will let all legal teams know when her decision will be made.