South Africa 30.3.2016 12:02 pm

Justice Minister to appeal Hani killer release

FILE PICURE: Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Adv Michael Masutha. Photo: GCIS

FILE PICURE: Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Adv Michael Masutha. Photo: GCIS

The court had set aside the minister’s refusal to grant the Polish immigrant who shot Hani 23 years ago parole.

The Minister of Justice on Wednesday filed an appeal against the court order granting parole to Janusz Walus, the man who assassinated Chris Hani.

“The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, has decided to appeal against the judgment delivered by the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria on 10 March 2016,” it said.

The court had set aside the minister’s refusal to grant the Polish immigrant who shot Hani 23 years ago parole and ordered him to set parole conditions within 14 days of the judgment.

“The legal representatives of the minister have today filed and served a notice of application for leave to appeal against the judgment with the registrar of the high court,” justice ministry spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said.

“The minister believes that the honourable court erred in its judgment and is of the view that there are prospects of success on appeal and that the Appeal Court will arrive at a different conclusion.”

Walus, 63, who left then communist Poland in 1981 to join his father and brother in South Africa, shot and killed Hani on Easter Sunday April 10, 1993 – a year before the country’s first democratic elections brought Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) to power.

He was initially sentenced to death, but this was converted to life in prison after the abolition of capital punishment.

The court order has caused outrage amid calls for Walus to be immediately deported to Poland.

 

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