SACP: The truth stands in the way of Janusz Walus’ freedom

The party says Walus has been reluctant to tell the truth about what happened on the day Chris Hani died.

FILE. Wife of slain SACP leader,Chris Hani at the commemoration of his 1993 assassination on 10 April 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With a ruling expected tomorrow on an appeal to prevent Janusz Walus from being released on parole, the South African Communist Party (SACP) says the only thing standing in the way of his freedom is the reluctance to tell the truth about what happened on the day Chris Hani died in 1993.

Walus has been in jail for nearly 23 years for killing the communist party leader outside his Boksburg home.

Earlier this year, Justice Minister Michael Masutha overturned the parole board's decision to have Walus released on the basis of his lack of remorse.

The state has argued that Hani's murder should be placed within the appropriate political context.

The SACP's Solly Mapaila says Walus needs to come forward and tell the Hani family who organised the killing.

"We're not worried about how much time he spent in jail, we're worried much about the truth and the sense of remorsefulness, and that he has not committed."

Mapaila says members are anticipating that the appeal application will be granted so that restorative justice can prevail.

"They've kept themselves in jail, not us. It is their inability to speak the truth that keeps them in jail."

Mapaila says that in the South African democracy, the courts should place greater importance on the loss of life to deter people from committing murder.

"The courts should, at the centre of it, applaud and embrace the appreciation of life and its protection. Those who murder people must know that they will spend a long time in prison."

Mapaila has described Walus as an unrepentant killer who has shown no remorse for taking another person's life.

Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen previously said that if the appeal is not granted, the state may refer the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

MK VETERANS ISSUE STERN WARNING

The Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has threated to drag Hani's killer back to prison if he's released on parole.

A group of military veteran's protested outside the Western Cape High Court yesterday.

The group's regional secretary Vuyani Mamani said they will not hesitate to take action if Walus is released on parole.

"If Walus walks the streets of South Africa again, the world must prepare for something that was never expected."

Association chairperson Fumanikile Booi agrees.

"We are not scared of him, neither are scared of those who sent him to do this. They must not forget we are trained soldiers."

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority's Mthunzi Mhaga said they welcome the judge's decision not to hear an application for Walus to be placed on parole with conditions, while the decision over granting leave to appeal is still outstanding.

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