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Justice Dept to decide on appealing release of Chris Hani's killer

Janusz Walus will be released within the next two weeks after spending 23 years in jail.

Wreaths laid at Chris Hani's grave site. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Justice Department says it will use the next two weeks to decide if it will appeal a court decision to free Chris Hani's killer on parole.

Janusz Walus shot and killed the anti-apartheid struggle hero in cold blood outside his home in Boksburg in 1993.

Walus' application for parole was set aside by Minister Michael Masutha earlier this year, but that decision was overturned in the High Court in Pretoria yesterday.

The department says if the appeal goes ahead, it may affect whether Walus is allowed to begin his parole.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) says it believes it would not be in the best interest for Hani's killer to live and be a citizen of a democratic South Africa when he's released from prison.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says they want Walus to be deported to his home country of Poland.

"He has not shown any remorse including the full disclosure on why his actions were premeditated on that day. What precipitated him to commit such a heinous crime in South Africa? In our view it was nothing else but was purely dictated and had all the prepping of a civil war."

At the same time, Mbhazi Mashilowa says it's unacceptable that the judge who granted Walus' parole told his family to forgive him and move on.

Shilowa lived in Dawn Park on the East Rand in the 1990's not too far from where Hani was killed.

He says no judge has a right to tell any family to let go or how to feel.

"We who love Chris Hani, we who know what he stood for, we who had hopes of what role he could be playing in the new South Africa cannot be told to simply let go of the past."