ANC to march to ConCourt over Janusz Walus’ parole

Walus, who had served 23 years in prison for the murder of Chris Hani, was granted parole on Thursday.

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 African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it will march to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) tomorrow to demonstrate against the release of Chris Hani's murderer on parole.

On Thursday, a ruling in the High Court in Pretoria granted Janusz Walus parole after nearly 23 years in prison for the murder of the anti-apartheid hero.

The ANC believes his release is a travesty to justice and a tragedy for the Hani family.

Demonstrators will assemble at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown tomorrow morning and march to the ConCourt in Braamfontein.

The ANC's Fikile Mbalula says Walus doesn't deserve to be freed.

"We are marching to Constitutional Court tomorrow to voice our disgust at the release of Janusz Walus but at the same time exhausting the platforms of the law to support the Department of Justice."

'SAD DAY FOR SA'

On Thursday, the wife of the slain anti-apartheid hero said the court's decision to release her husband's killer on parole, marked 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.

Limpho said the judge had 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."

At the time of his death, Hani was head of the South African Communist Party (SACP) which said it was not surprised by the decision.

The SACP was present for the judgment and spokesperson Alex Mashilo said they were disappointed but not surprised.

"We received the judgment with great disappointment, but in a way the signs that it will come out this way were there because the judge kept asking questions which suggested that she will make an order such as the one she made."

Lawyers representing Walus argued that he should be released on parole for the purposes of Ubuntu.

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