‘Investigate Hani killing again’

The South African Communist Party (SACP) said it was considering reopening investigations into the murder of its leader Chris Hani through an official inquest.

The party said in a statement it would continue to seek full disclosure of the truth and complete justice on Hani’s murder in 1993. It would exhaust all legal avenues open to it to oppose the release of Hani’s assassin, Janusz Walus.

Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen yesterday turned down Walus’ application for his immediate release pending Justice Minister Michael Masutha’s bid to appeal against her earlier ruling that he must be released on parole. The minister filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Appeal after the judge dismissed his application for leave to appeal against her ruling that Walus must be released.

Walus and right-wing politician Clive Derby-Lewis were initially sentenced to death for the murder, but their sentences were later commuted to life imprisonment. Derby-Lewis, who has lung cancer, was released on medical parole last year. Judge Janse van Nieuwenhuizen ruled Walus had failed to establish exceptional circumstances to justify the putting into operation of her order for his release.

Walus said he had already apologised to the Hani family and South Africa and alleged the minister was under political pressure to keep him incarcerated for as long as possible. The Hani family and the SACP rejected Walus’ apology as “insincere” and maintained his continued hatred of communism and communist leaders showed he had no prospects of being rehabilitated.

The SACP said in a statement its central committee would next month discuss an earlier call to reopen investigations into Hani’s murder.

“The murder of Hani pushed our country to the brink of civil war. The murder was calculated to plunge our country into fullblown civil war and could not have been the product of two individuals only.”

– ilsedl@citizen.co.za


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