Masutha denies Chris Hani's killer #JanuszWalus parole
Pretoria - Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha has denied parole for Chris Hani's murderer Janusz Walus.
The minister's announcement comes months after his appeal of a North Gauteng High Court decision last year that set aside his refusal to grant Walus parole, was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.
The SCA found that the irregularity of not submitting Limpho Hani's victim impact statement impaired the parole decision.
The court sent the decision back to Masutha for his consideration on whether Walus should, indeed, be granted parole; taking into account Limpho's victim impact statement and Walus' response thereto.
Masutha, at a briefing held in Pretoria on Friday, explained his decision to deny Walus parole.
"In making my decision, I took into account the SCA judgment in so far as it related to representations made by Mrs Hani, Mr Walus and recommendations made by the Parole Board."
"Our country is a constitutional democracy which is governed by the rule of law. Therefore, in reaching my decision, I have taken into account the relevant laws and prescripts that regulate our parole process, in particular, the provisions of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998."
Masutha said Walus was not remorseful for killing the SACP leader in 1993.
He also spent some time explaining Walus' lack of remorse, saying a psychological report had found that his political ideology was a "risk factor" which he used to rationalize the killing Hani.
"He continues to justify killing a communist," said Masutha.
Masutha took the testimony of Hani's wife Limpho as part of his consideration.
The minister confirmed that the decision had already been communicated to Walus.
Walus was sentenced to death for the murder of Hani in the driveway of his Boksburg, Gauteng, home on April 10, 1993. His sentence was commuted to life after the abolition of the death penalty.
He then brought an application to be placed on parole on April 10, 2015 after serving 21 years and six months of the sentence.