Outrage after Chris Hani's killer granted parole

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that Janus Walusz must be released within the next two weeks

This file photo taken on 07 December 1991 shows newly elected secretary general of South African Communist Party (SACP) Chris Hani speaking at a press conference. Picture; AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) says it's unacceptable that the men who killed South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani in 1993 are now both being freed on parole, while one of its members is still behind bars for a murder he committed in 1989.

Yesterday, the High Court in Pretoria ruled that Janusz Walus must be released within the next two weeks after spending 23-years in jail.

He shot and killed Hani at his Boksburg home.

The PAC's Apa Pooe says their member Kenny Motsomai has been in jail for longer.

"Under the apartheid government, people who were actually the perpetrators of apartheid can get free, but people who were fighting for a just cause are still in jail."

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.

Kodwa says Walus never wanted to see a free and democratic South Africa.

"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."


The wife of the slain anti-apartheid hero said the parole decision marks a sad day for South Africa.

Limpho Hani has 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."