SACP unhappy with judge who granted parole to Hani killer

SACP second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says the court didn't deal with the case properly.

FILE: Janusz Walus takes an oath on 20 August 1997 at an amnesty hearing for the 1993 murder of SACP leader Chris Hani. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it believes the judge who granted Janusz Walus parole, pre-judged the case by suggesting during the hearing that the family of Chris Hani should move on.

The High Court in Pretoria today ordered that Walus, who pulled the trigger of the gun that killed Hani in 1993, must be released on parole within 15 days.

SACP second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says the court didn't deal with this properly.

"The judge created an impression that he had prejudged the matter even before we put our case forward by calling on the family to move on, which was quite insensitive."

But Walus's lawyer, Julian Knight, says he could have been released years ago.

"He has served 22 years of a life sentence. He was eligible for consideration for placement at the time he got to 15 years of his sentence."

Hani's family have said they refuse to forgive Walus and that he should not be released.


Earlier today, the wife of slain anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani says the decision to release her husband's killer on parole, marks a sad day for South Africa.

Limpho Hani also launched a scathing attack on the judge that handed down the ruling accusing her of being a racist.

Hani says the judge has no right to tell her to forgive Walus and move on.

"It's very sad for South Africa. It's a very sad day. I am not upset, but I am highly irritated that this white woman can tell me how to feel. She comes with a white superiority complex to tell me I should forgive [and] I should move on. It is not her husband that was murdered."

Furthermore, the ANC says the decision to Walus is insensitive not only to Hani's family but to all South Africans.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says the ruling party is demanding the immediate deportation of Walus to his home country.

"He never wanted to see democracy because on the eve of a democratic country he assassinated one of the architects of democracy. It's not in his interests to live and to be a citizen of a democratic South Africa."