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Lamola considering parole for Janusz Walus

Publish date: 20 January 2020
Issue Number: 856
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola will comply with the order of the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to decide the fate of Janusz Walus, the killer of SACP leader Chris Hani almost 27 years ago. This, notes a Cape Argus report, was the response from Lamola’s spokesperson Chrispin Phiri. On 12 December, the High Court again considered Walus’ application to be released on parole, but it chose to remit the matter to the Justice Minister, ordering him to decide within 60 days. Judge Jody Kollapen reviewed and set aside Masutha’s refusal to grant Walus parole in January last year. The judge found that the psychologist and experts were mostly in agreement that Walus has shown remorse for the 1993 assassination of Hani. ‘The Minister is giving attention to the matter,’ Phiri said. ‘He has to. It is a court order. The court gave him 60 days to decide whether to release Janusz Walus on parole or not. He will comply with the court order.’ Lamola has until 12 February to make his decision.

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