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Ruling expected on Janusz Walus parole appeal today

The Justice Dept will today learn whether it's been granted leave to appeal Walus's parole.

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 Justice Department will today hear whether it will be granted leave to appeal a high court judgment freeing Chris Hani's killer Janusz Walus.

Walus was imprisoned after shooting the communist party leader at his home in Boksburg in 1993.

WATCH: Many unanswered questions 23 years after Hani's murder...

Earlier this year, Justice Minister Michael Masutha set aside a decision by the medical parole board to have Walus freed and called for further dialogue with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Hani's family.

Last month a High Court judge handed down a ruling that Walus be released on parole within 14 days.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo says the party believes another court will uphold their calls to have Walus remain behind bars.

"We are looking forward to the court granting the Department of Justice and Correctional Services leave to appeal."

Mashilo says if the High Court does not grant the Justice Department's appeal, it will be a great error in the system.

"If the court does not grant the leave to appeal it would mean that it is doubtful of its own decision and it wants to protect it, not to be looked at by another court. That will be extremely unfortunate."

Last month, Masutha said he believed the High Court judge erred in several legal aspects when reviewing his parole decision.