Breaking: Supreme Court of Appeal deny parole to Chris Hani's killer Janusz Walus
Janusz Walus has been denied parole by The Supreme Court of Appeal, despite it being granted in 2016 following his 24-year stint in jail for the brutal assassination of former SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani
The Justice Minister Michael Masutha now has 90 days to decide whether parole should be granted in the future, and Walus is likely to appeal the decision.
The Polish immig rant had colluded with SA Conservative party MP Clive Derby-Lewis to execute Hani, who was a constant thorn in the side of white oppressors during apartheid.
Chris Haniâs murder
Walus borrowed a gun from the politician and shot Hani in the head. The gruesome murder was witnessed by a neighbour, whose testimony was key in bringing the killer to justice.
The Pole was initially sentenced to death along with Derby-Lewis in 1993, but he was indirectly spared by the grace of Nelson Mandela. The killing sparked riots, but saw Madiba address the hurt of the nation very eloquently.
Read: 24 years on from his killing, we look at Chris Haniâs most memorable quotes
This pivotal moment is seen as the beginning of Mandelaâs presidential campaign, and when he was elected in 1994, his government abolished the death penalty. Walusâ death sentence was now a âlife imprisonmentâ.
If he had have been released, he would only be faci ng a quick deportation back to Poland as Home Affairs chose to revoke his citizenship back in May
Janusz Walus Denied Parole
A bittersweet feeling surrounds the outcome, however. Many see today as a case of justice being served and followed through, yet South Africa still has to keep a painful memory of a darker time locked up at tax-payer expense.
There also remains uncertainty as to whether the Supreme Courtâs decision is final: They have effectively handed control over to Minister Masutha with the decision.
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