'Hani’s murder should be placed in correct political context'

The State’s lawyers say his murder should be recognised as an attempt to plunge SA into a crisis.

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JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing the State have argued that Chris Hani's murder should be placed in the correct political context, and be recognised as a deliberate attempt to plunge the country into a crisis.

While the Justice Department expected to hear whether it would be granted leave to appeal a high court judgment freeing Hani's killer, Janusz Walus, the judge will only give her ruling on Thursday.

Advocate Marumo Moerane, who is representing the State, has argued that the murder of the South African Communist Party leader was no run-of-the-mill killing and deserves the harshest punishment.

The Justice Ministry's main line of attack is aimed at an earlier ruling by Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen's, in which it was found that Minister Michael Masutha's parole review decision was irrational.

Moerane says Walus is a mature person who should have known the consequences of the assassination, which he has described as a calculated move designed to cause chaos.

The State has further argued releasing Walus will be painful for the victim's family and others.

Earlier, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) gathered outside the Western Cape High Court to hand over a memorandum of grievances to Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, outlining their opposition to Walus being granted parole.

The association says it believes Hani's killing was part of a wider conspiracy, adding Walus does not deserve to be freed.