The assassin of then South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani, Janusz Walus, remains an “unrepentant murderer”, the party said yesterday, welcoming Justice Minister Michael Masutha’s decision to appeal the North Gauteng High Court ruling that he be released.
The court ruled on March 10 that Walus be released on parole within 14 days. The decision has angered many political parties with calls for Walus, due to be released tomorrow, to be immediately deported to Poland. SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said Walus had not shown adequate remorse.
“He has not demonstrated any understanding of the enormity of the murder he committed, together with his accomplice, Clive Derby-Lewis, who was released on medical parole. The murder pushed our country to the brink of a civil war.
“The two unrepentant murderers applied for and were denied amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to which they made unreliable submissions. They challenged the outcome in a court of law and their attempts to overturn the commission’s determination were dismissed. To this day, they have not made full disclosure of the truth surrounding the murder.”
Walus and Derby-Lewis were convicted of Hani’s murder in 1995. The SACP plans to march to Kgosi Mampuru ll Correctional Centre in Pretoria tomorrow to protest against the release of Walus.