SACP: We want Janusz Walus to stay behind bars

Walus fired the gun that killed Hani saying that he wanted to start a race war in the country.

FILE: Janusz Walus at a hearing in the Pretoria City Hall on 11 August 1997. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) has welcomed the supreme court of appeal's decision that the man who killed Chris Hani in 1993 cannot be released on parole.

Judges said on Friday that they were overturning the decision to release Janusz Walus and that Justice Minister Michael Masutha must make another decision on whether to release him within the next three months.

Walus fired the gun that killed Hani saying that he wanted to start a race war in the country.

Supreme Court of Appeal judges say they've overturned the decision to release Walus because the victim statement by Chris Hani's wife Limpho Hani was not properly considered by the Justice Minister.

This means that he now has to consider that statement and allow Walus to respond to it if he chooses to.

This means Masutha has to make another decision as to whether to release Walus.

The SACP's Mhleka Nxumalo says they want Walus to stay behind bars.

“We want him to tell the truth. And I think not just us alone, but even the court has not been satisfied about the explanation or the information that Walus has been giving.”

The person who arranged the killing with Walus, Clive Derby-Lewis, was released from jail on medical parole and died last year.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)