- ANCYL, ANC and SACP in the Western Cape want the justice department to rescind Janusz Walus’ parole order.
- They promised there would be massive action across the country to prevent the parole of SACP leader Chris Hani’s killer.
- The Constitutional Court ordered Walus to be released on probation.
The SACP and its alliance partners in the Western Cape vowed that Janusz Walus would never be paroled from prison for the murder of his hero and mentor, Chris Hani.
“This has opened up old wounds,” Unathi Tshotshwana, of the ANC’s Western Cape office, said during a picket line in Cape Town, noting his dismay at Monday’s Constitutional Court ruling.
“As the Western Cape ANC, we will make sure that on the day Walus is released, he will be brought inside.”
Monde Nqulwana, SACP District Secretary, said: “We are prepared to carry out a massive action in defense of Chris Hani.
“We will not be responsible for any action South Africans take on the day Janusz Walus is released from prison,” Nqulwana said.
On Thursday, some 60 picketers carried banners saying liberation would delay the country’s recovery and that the man who nearly sparked a civil war should remain in jail until his last breath.
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Fumanekile Booi veteran Umkhonto we Sizwe viewed the decision to release the man who murdered his mentor as a travesty.
“How dare you not respect the pain of families? I was so embarrassed when I heard Judge Zondo say he was granting probation to Chris Hani’s killer.”
Zondo announced a unanimous conclusion by all the Constitutional Court judges that Walus should be released, after being repeatedly denied parole.
Walus became eligible for parole in 2005, 12 years and four months after his life sentence for the Boksburg murder on April 10, 1993.
The SACP protested in front of the High Court in Cape Town against the release on parole of Janusz Walus.
Members of the ANCYL, SACP, MKMVA and ANC protested outside the Cape Town High Court over the parole release of Janusz Walus.
On Monday, Zondo said Walus had apologized to the family more than once and had approached the Constitutional Court after Justice Minister Ronald Lamola’s latest refusal to approve his parole.
The protest was held outside the Western Cape High Court for their demands to be handed over to Western Cape Chief Justice John Hlophe with the expectation that he would pass them on to the Chief Justice and the justice department.
The ANC, the ANC Youth League and the SACP are demanding that the justice department ask the Constitutional Court to rescind the order.
The court ruled that Walus be released within 10 days of the order.
However, the picketers said he should not be released until he told everyone “who is the man behind the man behind the gun”, mirroring decades-old claims that Walus and his accomplice, the late Party MP Conservative Clive Derby-Lewis, they never told the full truth about the murder.