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‘Imminent release of Janusz Walus, is a painful moment for most South Africans’: Cosatu

I was on Janusz Waluś hit list, says activist Mac Maharaj

03 Dec – Written by Rachel Vadi: THEPOST – NEWS

Durban – The Constitutional Court’s ruling that Janusz Walus be granted parole has evoked conflicting emotions in Struggle stalwart Mac Maharaj.

Walus shot dead Chris Hani in 1993. At the time Hani, an icon of the liberation Struggle, was the leader of the South African Communist Party.

After his arrest, the police searched his home. In the top drawer of a desk, they found a list with nine names on it. They were: Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Maharaj, Karen Brynard, Hani, Pik Botha, Richard Goldstone, Ken Owen and Tim du Plessis. The police believed it was a hit list.



The South African Communist Party says it will exhaust all possible legal avenues to fight the release of Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus. The party has also reiterated its call for the transformation of the country’s parole system. Yesterday, Walus’ release on parole was delayed after Correctional Services said the medical team attending to him, must first give the green light. Earlier this week, Walus was stabbed by a fellow inmate but is understood to be in a stable condition.

Chris Hani’s killer will remain behind bars until further notice. Following a stabbing attack, Janusz Waluś’ prison release has been postponed until he’s fully recovered. Heidi Giokos has more.


JOHANNESBURG – There’s still no word on when Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus, will be released from prison.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ordered the Minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola, to release Walus on parole.

In March 2020, Lamola refused Walus parole, but the court found his decision was irrational and set it aside.

The court gave the Minister until Thursday to make the necessary arrangements to free Walus.


Apartheid-era killer’s expected parole stirs old anger in South Africa

CNBCAFRICA: PUBLISHED: THU, 01 DEC 2022 – Catherine Schenck and Shafiek Tassiem

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The anticipated release on parole of far-right extremist Janusz Walus, who killed South African anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993, has unleashed a wave of emotion in the still deeply divided country.

Walus, 69, a Polish national who emigrated to South Africa in 1981, was granted parole by the Constitutional Court last week after serving nearly 30 years of his life sentence for Hani’s murder.

He was expected to be released this week, but was stabbed by a fellow prison inmate on Tuesday and is undergoing treatment. His parole will be finalised after medical clearance is granted, the justice ministry said.

The decision to grant Walus parole has been met with fierce criticism and protests in South Africa, where Hani is remembered as a hero in the fight to end white minority rule.


Janusz Waluś not a free man yet, awaiting medical clearance

SUNDAY WORLD: By.Somaya Stockenstroom


EWN: Bernadette Wicks | 01 December 2022 17:50

JOHANNESBURG – The release of Chris Hani’s killer from prison is set to be delayed a little longer.

The Constitutional Court last week set aside Justice Minister Ronald Lamola’s March 2020 decision not to grant Janusz Walus parole.

It gave Lamola 10 days to free him and those 10 days expire on Thursday.

However, he was stabbed in prison earlier this week and this has put the brakes on his release.


EFF warns against Janusz Walus parole release

Walus has spent past three decades in prison after he was convicted of the murder of SACP and ANC leader Chris Hani in Boksburg in 1993.

The Constitutional Court recently ordered that Walus be released on parole, and gave government 10 days to give effect to its directive.

The ruling has angered many South Africans.

The EFF has also been vocal in its opposition to the apex court ruling, and brought the N1 in Midrand to a complete standstill on Thursday morning to register its disgust.

Among their demands is for Chief Justice Raymond Zondo rescind the judgment that Walus be released from the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services by Friday.



EWN:Nkosikhona Duma | 01 December 2022 14:02

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane has proposed that Chris Hani’s tombstone be turned into a national monument.

Mokonyane was among the speakers at the tripartite alliance’s demonstration outside the Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria on Wednesday.

She said that transforming Hani’s gravesite would preserve the country’s history and also boost the tourism sector.



EWN: Nkosikhona Duma | 01 December 2022 11:04

JOHANNESBURG – Legal expert Mpumelelo Zikalala has warned that the Constitutional Court ruling – which declared that convicted murderer Janusz Walus must serve out the remainder of his life sentence on parole here could come at a cost for South African taxpayers.


Massive disruption on N1 as EFF protests Walus parole

The group were marching to the Office of the Chief Justice to protest the ruling of the Constitutional Court on the release on parole of Chris Hani’s killer Janusz Walus.  

Walus shot and killed the ANC and SACP leader in the driveway of his Boksburg home in 1993.

The Constitutional Court gave the minister until 30 November to release the Polish immigrant on parole.

“We are matching to the chief justice office against the ruling of the conditional calls to release the racist murder of Chris Hani, so we are going to have a picket at the Chief Justice office and disrupt traffic there,” said EFF national spokesperson Leigh-Ann Mathys.


Parole for Hani’s killer Janusz Walus roiled by appeals, protests

1 Dec 2022 The Citizen: By AFPWire Service

The release from prison of the far-right killer of anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani hung in the balance on Wednesday, amid fierce bids to block the move.

Janusz Walus, a 69-year-old immigrant from then-communist Poland, was to be released by today after being controversially granted parole by the Constitutional Court.

But the decision has ignited angry protests. On Tuesday, Walus was stabbed inside prison.



PRETORIA – The African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners on Wednesday repeated the call for an inquest into the assassination of Chris Hani almost 30 years ago.

Hani’s assassin Janusz Waluś was recently granted parole after the Constitutional Court declared that he should have been allowed to start serving his sentence outside a prison facility 15 years ago.



CAPE TOWN – In the wake of the imminent release of Chris Hani’s killer Janusz Walus on parole, the African National Congress (ANC)’s parliamentary caucus wants the criminal justice system put under review.

The ANC said it will table draft resolutions at the party’s elective conference in December.


Correctional Services remains silent on Chris Hani’s killer anticipated release from prison

Firebrand Nhlanhla Lux to host vigil in honour of slain Chris Hani

Sunday Word: By Shona Buhr

Nhlanhla Lux, who shot to fame for spearheading Operation Dudula activities, has announced plans to host a candle-light vigil in honour of late SACP general secretary Chris Hani in Pimville, Soweto on Thursday.

This after the Constitutional Court ordered on Monday last week that Hani’s assassin, Janusz Waluś, be released on parole within 10 days after serving over 29 years in jail for the crime.


Release Walus’ attacker, says Nomvula Mokonyane during protest outside Kgosi Mampuru prison

30 Nov

NEWS24: Zintle Mahlati
  • ANC and SACP leaders led a protest to Kgosi Mampuru prison to express their unhappiness at the pending release on parole of Chris Hani’s killer Janusz Waluz. 
  • Nomvula Mokonyane called for the gravesite of Hani to be turned into a national monument.
  • She also demanded that the Department of Home Affairs release the address where Waluz would be serving his parole sentence. 


Chris Hani’s killer stabbed in prison days before he was due to be released


THE convicted killer of South African anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani has been stabbed in prison, two days before he was due to be released on parole, prison authorities said Tuesday.

Janusz Walus, an ultra right-wing Polish national, was set to be released on Thursday after the country’s Constitutional Court last week ordered his release on parole within 10 days.


Justice Minister will decide on Walus

ENCA: Wednesday 30 November 2022

JOHANNESBURG – Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola is expected to make an announcement on whether Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus will be released.

On Wednesday the tripartite alliance demonstrated outside the Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria, against the imminent release on parole of Walus.


ANC MP’s protest outside parliament over the release of Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus

30 Nov: Written by Brenda Masilela: Multimedia Journalist, IOL News

Pretoria – ANC MPs joined by Mandla Mandela, the tribal chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, and the grandson of icon Nelson Mandela, protested outside Parliament on Wednesday against the release of Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus.

Walus gunned down the South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Hani in the driveway of his Boksburg home in 1993.

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi Says South Africans Will Never Forget What Chris Hani’s Killer 

BRIEFLY: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 

Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi said Chris Hani’s killer will never be forgiven at a protest on Wednesday, 30 November

Lesufi said since Hani’s death, citizens have marched at every milestone related to his murder and will continue doing so

Protesters also expressed their anger over the freedom fighter’s vandalised memorial site at the Thomas Nkobi Cemetery 


Chris Hani’s Widow, Limpho Approaches ConCourt to Have Janusz Walus’ Parole Rescinded, Mzansi Is Divided 

BRIEFLY: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 

Chris Hani’s widow, Limpho Hani, together with the SACP wants the Constitutional Court to rescind the decision to grant Janusz Walus parole

South Africans are divided over Hani’s ConCourt bid; some believe Walus served his time, while others think Chris Hani still deserves justice

Walus was granted parole on 21 November when the ConCourt ruled that he had served his sentence Read more:


“Although we respect the rule of law, we respect the constitution, but we are not happy. I think were we are is that the law must be able to recognise the morality, because morally it cannot be correct that a person who nearly plunged the country into crisis is released just like that..”


Hundreds march to protest release of Chris Hani’s murderer Janusz Walus

SACP asks for stay in his release on parole

30 November 2022 – Shonisani Tshikalange Reporter: Times Live

The SACP is asking for a stay in the release on parole of Janusz Walus, the murderer of its leader Chris Hani, pending the outcome of its application to rescind the Constitutional Court order allowing for his release.

General secretary Solly Mapaila said the party had sent papers to the minister of justice & correctional services Ronald Lamola, asking him to stay the execution of the court order pending the outcome of the party’ rescission application.



Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola is expected to make an announcement on whether Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus will be released. Pule Letshwiti-Jones has more.

South Africans protest pending release of Hani’s killer


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — More than a thousand people gathered outside the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in South Africa on Wednesday to protest against the pending release of Janusz Walus, the convicted killer of anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani.

Members of the ruling African National Congress party and the South African Communist Party, of which latter Hani was the general secretary when he was killed in 1993, lined the streets of the capital Pretoria to voice their dismay at his scheduled release.


Mandela grandson protests release of anti-apartheid leader Hani’s killer

CAPE TOWN/PRETORIA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A small group of demonstrators gathered outside South Africa’s parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday to protest against the release from prison of the man who killed anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993.

Janusz Walus, a Polish citizen, was granted parole last week after serving nearly 30 years of his life sentence for shooting Hani at point-blank range outside his home. Hani’s murder had triggered nationwide riots.


Walus is ‘an unrepentant criminal assassin’: SACP protest against release of Hani’s killer

30 Nov NEWS24: Zintle Mahlati
  • The ANC and the SACP led a crowd of supporters to the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria. 
  • The parties objected to the release on parole of Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus.
  • Walus was stabbed in prison on Tuesday, two days before his expected release.

The leader of the SACP, Solly Mapaila, says the stabbing of Janusz Walus doesn’t dent the anger that the man who murdered Chris Hani is set to leave prison.

Mapaila was speaking on Wednesday at the sidelines of the ANC and its alliance partners’ march to Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria. 


Hani’s widow wants Walus parole judgment rescinded and case heard anew by Judge Zondo

30 Nov NEWS24: Tebogo Monama
  • Chris Hani’s widow and the SACP have applied to the Constitutional Court to rescind its decision to give Janusz Walus parole.
  • In her affidavit, Limpho Hani says she was not “treated fairly by the court” because she contends her submissions were not considered.
  • A constitutional law expert told News24 it will be hard for the judgment to be rescinded.

Chris Hani’s widow wants the Constitutional Court to rescind its decision to give murderer Janusz Walus parole, but this will be a tall order a law expert told News24. 


Duduzile Zuma Slams DA for Being Silent on Chris Hani Killer’s Parole and Calling for Her Dad’s Imprisonment

BRIEFLY: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

  • Former President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile Zuma, has once again proven she will always defend her father
  • Duduzile took social media to call out the Democratic Alliance for trying to send her dad back to jail and keeping quiet about Janusz Walus’ parole
  • Some South Africans found Duduzile’s rant cringeworthy because of Zuma’s alleged strained relationship with the late Chris Hani 

DURBAN – Former President Jacob Zuma’s outspoken and controversial daughter, Duduzile Zuma, has taken to social media to defend her father and slam the Democratic Alliance (DA). 


Brett Herron | Walus parole embodies imbalance of post apartheid justice

24 Nov NEWS24: Brett Herron

What makes Janusz Walus’ imminent release so vile, to many, is that the same justice system on which he now leans to regain his freedom has so shamefully abandoned those who laid down their lives in the struggle to free the country from apartheid, writes Brett Herron.

Despite murdering Chris Hani in an effort to derail South Africa’s transition from apartheid, Janusz Walus is entitled to the just mercy of the South African constitutional order he did his damnedest to thwart.