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Chris Hani’s killer Janusz Walus released on parole

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services released Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus, on parole on Wednesday, 7 December. The inmate is being released from the hospital where has been kept since he was stabbed by another prisoner on 29 November. READ: Janusz Walus’ attacker aimed for his heart but missed JANUSZ WALUS RELEASED ON…

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services released Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus, on parole on Wednesday, 7 December. The inmate is being released from the hospital where has been kept since he was stabbed by another prisoner on 29 November.

READ: Janusz Walus’ attacker aimed for his heart but missed

JANUSZ WALUS RELEASED ON PAROLE ON WEDNESDAY

Walus’ release is the result of a Constitutional Court judgement handed down on Monday, 21 November.

“Offender Walus was only discharged from hospital today (7 December) as he had been receiving treatment after he was involved in a stabbing incident,” said the Department.

“He will serve two years under community corrections in line with the parole regime upon which he is released.”

The Polish national was sentenced to death – later commuted to life imprisonment – for the 1993 assassination of the South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani.

“There is no question that offender Walus is a polarising figure in our budding Constitutional democracy, and that his release has understandably reopened wounds among some in society, especially the family of the late struggle icon Chris Hani,” read a statement by Chrispin Phiri, the department spokesperson, on Wednesday.

The Department said Walus’ actions sought to derail the democratic project at its most critical stage.

Walus will be returned to a correctional facility if he violates his strict parole conditions, warned the Department.

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, @RonaldLamola, has placed offender Janus Walus on parole under strict conditions with effect from Wednesday, 07 December 2022. This follows the judgment of the Constitutional Court handed down on Monday, 21 November 2022. pic.twitter.com/dpC8lqjkpQ— Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services 🇿🇦 (@Min_JCS) December 7, 2022

As previously reported, before the Constitutional Court ordered his release on parole, the killer was denied parole four times.

His accomplice in the assassination, Clive Derby-Lewis, who organised the hit, was released on medical parole in June 2015 and died of lung cancer in November 2016.

Hani’s widow, Limpho, and the SACP said they would approach the Constitutional Court to have the parole decision reversed.

The SACP, African National Congress (ANC), and alliance partners embarked on a protest outside the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison over the decision to release him.

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