Chris Hani’s widow accuses judge of being biased

Limpho Hani claims the judge brought her own personal baggage into this case.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The widow of slain South African Communist Party (SACP) leader, Chris Hani, says it come as no surprise that the State's application to appeal the release of his killer has been dismissed.

Janusz Walus has been in prison for nearly 23 years for killing Hani outside his Boksburg home in 1993.

In her ruling, Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen dismissed the appeal with costs, saying it would not have a reasonable prospect of success and the State failed to provide compelling reasons for the matter to be heard.

Limpho Hani claims the judge brought her own personal baggage into this case.

"The fact that she denies the minister to appeal means she's not confident about her decision. That's all I'm saying."

Government's legal team now plans to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal.

When or if Walus will be released remains unclear pending the outcome of the legal battle over his parole.

The SACP says it's confident another court will find that releasing Hani's killer would send the wrong message about the punishment meted out to murderers in South Africa.

The party's Alex Mashilo says they can only move on once Walus provides full details on Hani's assassination.

"I would like him to tell us who took the gun from the military armory, the gun that he used to kill Chris Hani, I would like him to give us the details of that person so that justice can take its course."

LISTEN: High Court dismisses State's application for leave to appeal Janusz Walus release.