Walus must serve the rest of his sentence – SACP

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Polish immigrant, Janusz Walus, must serve the rest of his life imprisonment sentence for his assassination of South African Communist Party (SACP) leader, Chris Hani, in 1993.

This is according to SACP Second Deputy General Secretary, Solly Mapaila. He was speaking following the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) postponement of the application to deny Walus parole by Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, on Friday.

Mapaila told Courant Walus shouldn’t be granted parole because he hasn’t showed remorse for his actions.

“He must continue to serve his sentence. In fact, parole is not a right, it’s a privilege. And that privilege should come as a consequence of victim-offender dialogue, as a process wherein he can tell the truth. And in this case, he has not told the truth. His accomplice, Clive Derby-Lewis, on his death bed tried to continue to attack the SACP and to attack the ideology and philosophy of comrade Chris Hani. He continued to express his hatred. You can’t give a person who has not felt a sense of remorse or who has not corrected himself, parole.”

The appeal has been postponed to 29 May to allow the family to submit statements which were not part of the case when Walus was granted bail by the Pretoria High Court in 2016.

The SACP welcomed the postponement. In a statement issued, it said Walus has a duty to co-operate with the courts. The party said he must disclose the circumstances behind Hani’s assassination.

Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News