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Janusz Walus argues minister ignored court instruction on parole bid

The Supreme Court ordered Justice Minister Michael Masutha to reconsider the parole application and but he rejected it in November last year.

FILE: Janusz Walus takes an oath on 20 August 1997 at an amnesty hearing for the 1993 murder of SACP leader Chris Hani. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Chris Hani’s murderer Janusz Walus has argued that Justice Minister Michael Masutha ignored the instructions of the Supreme Court when he considered his last application for parole.

This is among the reasons he has asked the High Court in Pretoria to set aside the minister's decision on grounds it was irrational, unreasonable and procedurally unfair.

It was further claimed that Masutha failed to take into account that Walus has shown remorse on numerous occasions and in letters to Chris Hani’s widow.

The Supreme Court ordered Masutha to reconsider the parole application and but he rejected it in November last year.

The court heard that the finding that he still poses a danger to society is ludicrous as there is no evidence to support such a claim.

Masutha’s advocate argued that Walus’ remorse only came about when he applied for parole.

Walus and the late Clive Derby-Lewis were convicted of Hani’s 1993 murder and initially sentenced to death.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)