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South African communists 'unrelentingly opposed' to release of Chris Hani's murderer

SOUTH African communists (SACP) remain unrelentingly opposed to the release from jail of Janusz Walus, who murdered their general secretary Chris Hani, party spokesman Alex Mashilo confirmed today.

“The assassin says he does not regret assassinating Chris Hani the communist, but the husband and father. This is nothing but an intransigent refusal to show remorse,” he said.
 
“Hani was an indivisible person. Hani the husband and father was the same person as Hani the communist. Walus’s assassination of Hani the communist was in all material respects the assassination of Hani the husband and father.

“Hani the communist’s family was left without Hani the husband and father since his assassination.”

Mr Mashilo said that the murderer, who settled in apartheid South Africa after leaving Poland, was and still is ideologically driven.

“He has not abandoned the ideological hatred that drove him to assassinate Hani. This is the unrehabilitable condition that the assassin still harbours, as confirmed in his own prison report.”

The party spokesman confirmed that the SACP still wants “full disclosure of the truth, of all the circumstances surrounding the assassination of Hani.

“A rehabilitated offender is a person who both truly renounced their adherence to the motive for the offence they have committed and made the full disclosure of the truth, exposing all the circumstances surrounding the offence.

“On the contrary, Walus remains nothing but an unrepentant assassin.”

Mr Mashilo also urged an investigation into why Department of Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni, who has since resigned, had withdrawn the murderer’s South African citizenship without notice.

“The deportation order that was thereby issued effectively offered the assassin a possible escape,” he charged.

“The decision of the home affairs director-general amounted to not just the possible but also administratively aided and furthermore permanent escape of the assassin from South Africa to Poland.

“As if that were not enough, the home affairs director-general did not invite representations from the affected parties, the Hani family and the SACP,” Mr Mashilo complained.
 
North Gauteng High Court remitted Mr Janus’s parole application to the Parole Board and Justice Minister Michael Masutha on Thursday, with reconsideration expected to be concluded within 120 working days.

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