Chris Hani’s widow won’t budge, wants Walus to stay in jail

Chris Hani widow Limpho Hani in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. Hani wants her husband's assassin Janusz Walus to remain behind bars. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)

Pretoria – “Stay in prison; that’s it”So uttered Limpho Hani, wife of assassinated SACP leader Chris Hani in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, on Monday.This followed advocate Roelof du Plessis asking the court what else the assassin, Janusz Walus, should do to show remorse for the April 10, 1993, killing which rocked the country and threatened the planning then towards the first democratic elections.

Hani’s wife was attending yet another bid – a fifth – by the Polish immigrant to be released on parole.Walus has asked to be deported back to his place of birth in Poland on his release.Du Plessis said Walus had been described by countless reports as the epitome of a prisoner who had been rehabilitated, but yet was still being subjected to political bias to deny him parole. The latest attempt for the court to intervene in the parole followed former minister of justice Michael Masutha’s decision to turn down another bid by Walus for parole on January 16 this year.

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