Walus parole case: 'Masutha must consider Limpho Hani's statement'

Justice Minister Micheal Masutha now has three months to reconsider this decision and must include the statement by Limpho as part of that decision.

Minister of Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Michael Masutha. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal says that Justice Minister Micheal Masutha has to consider a request for parole by Janusz Walus again because he did not properly consider a victim statement from Chris Hani's widow, Limpho Hani.

Judges on Friday overturned a decision to release Walus after he shot Hani dead in his Boksburg home in 1993 while he was the leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Walus has spent the last 24 years in jail for the crime.

Masutha now has three months to reconsider this decision and must include the statement by Limpho as part of that decision.

But the SACP says it will again oppose any attempt to release Walus.

The party's Mhlekwa Nxumalo said: “Walus has to come and tell us the truth before it's late. He’s getting older every day and the only thing that will help him is to come out and tell the truth.”

Government has also said that it has stripped Walus of his South African citizenship and that he will be deported back to Poland if he is released.