Marchers in Pretoria demand Chris Hani's killer stays behind bars

The High Court granted Walus parole after he served 23 years of his sentence for Hani’s murder.

Demonstrators are supporting the decision by Justice Minister Michael Masutha appealing the court order. Picture: Reinart Toerien

JOHANNESBURG - A large group of people are currently marching through the streets of Pretoria protesting against the parole of Chris Hani's killer.

Janusz Waluś was sent to jail in 1993 for murdering the South African Communist Party leader, during the country's constitutional negotiations.

The High Court in Pretoria granted him parole last month, but the justice ministry announced this week it would appeal that decision.

Demonstrators say their march is in support of Justice Minister Michael Masutha's decision to keep Walus behind bars.

Marching under the banner of the tripartite alliance, they say there isn't a single street in any South African city that can accommodate Hani's killer.

South African National Civic Organisation's Chris Malimaja says Waluś must rot in jail.

"Should it happen that whoever tries to give him bail, or parole, that person must know that they will be putting the country on fire."

Supporters here have come out against Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen, calling her insensitive for telling the Hani family to forgive and forget.