Masutha welcomes decision to dismiss Walus’s immediate parole

Today the court found he has not shown any exceptional circumstances warranting an immediate release.

FILE: Tripartite alliance supporters hold up placards during a march through Pretoria's CBD in support of Justice Minister Michael Masutha's decision to appeal the parole granted to Chris Hani's killer, Janusz Waluś. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha has welcomed a High Court decision to dismiss an application by Chris Hani's killer Janusz Walus to be placed on immediate parole.

The justice ministry has petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal following the dismissal of its application to appeal an earlier ruling which ordered Masutha to place the polish national on parole.

According to law, Walus cannot be placed on parole while any petition or appeal is still in progress.

Today, the court found he has not shown any exceptional circumstances warranting an immediate release.

Masutha says today's outcome was expected.

"We would have expected that decision because we didn't see exceptional circumstances that should justify why he should be released in the meantime while we are awaiting appeal."