Chris Hani’s killer Janusz Walus denied parole

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SACP leader Chris Hani’s killer Janusz Walus has been denied parole on Friday morning.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha made the announcement at a media briefing in Pretoria.

This follows a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in August which gave Masutha 90 days to make a decision.

Walus, a Polish immigrant and Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis, were sentenced to death for Hani’s murder in April 1993.

Derby-Lewis had provided Walus the weapon to kill the SACP leader at his Boksburg home.

In November 2000, the death sentences of the two were changed to life imprisonment.

Masuthu says, “It appears that over the entire period of his incarceration, the offender has acquired neither further academic nor vocational skills that could enhance his prospects of reintegration into society. It is, therefore, recommended that the department should assist him to acquire any such appropriate skills. In the result, I have decided that the placement of the offender on parole is not advisable at this stage and his application is, therefore, not approved. A further profile should be submitted within a period of 12 months of the date of this decision.”