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Hani's killer does not deserve to be back in society - YCLSA

Thulani Gqirana | 13 March, 2016 12:42
Janusz Walus testifying during a special public hearing of the TRC in Mamelodi, Pretoria
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Janusz Walus, the man convicted for the murder of Chris Hani, does not deserve to be integrated back into society, the Young Communist League (YCLSA) of South Africa said on Sunday.

Walus was granted parole by the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

The YCLSA said it would try to fight the decision in court.

It said the decision to grant Walus parole was a slap in the face of South Africans.

"The murder of Comrade Hani nearly brought the country to a civil war on the eve of the dawn of democracy and we were robbed of one of the best [and]sharpest minds of our revolution," the league said in a statement.

Hani was shot and killed outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg, on April 10, 1993.

The league also distanced itself from calls for Walus to be deported.

"To us that view is defeatist in its nature and character. That view seems to suggest that the decision of the court is correct and should be implemented as is.

"Janus Waluz leaving the country would explicitly mean that the Gauteng High Court judgment should be accepted and Waluz is free to go without any explanation," they said.

They called for President Jacob Zuma to open an inquest into Hani's death.

The Sunday Times reported that Hani's daughter, Lindiwe, wanted to meet Walus in prison next week.

The paper reported that she had requested the meeting for a "victim offender dialogue".

The YCLSA went on to say neither Walus nor his co-conspirator Clive Derby-Lewis had shown any remorse for their actions.

In May last year, Clive Derby-Lewis, who provided the gun Walus used to kill Hani, was granted medical parole.

The 79-year-old has spent more than 21 years behind bars and was dying of lung cancer.

In January last year, he was given just six more months to live. Derby-Lewis is still alive today.

Source: News24


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