Walus parole appeal ruling is now set for Thursday

The High Court has decided to give its ruling on the parole appeal of Chris Hani's killer, Janusz Walus, on Thursday.

Walus was convicted of shooting the late South African Communist Party (SACP) leader at his home in Boksburg in 1993. Walus was granted parole last month, but the Justice Department appealed the High Court's judgment to free Walus.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter, who was in court today.

Listen to the audio to hear about the arguments raised by the parties involved....

The lawyers representing the state have argued that their application is about restorative justice. They are saying Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen failed the reasonableness of having made the decision he made, and they said, given the correct political context, it must be considered that Janusz Walus knew exactly what he was doing. It was a calculated risk to deliberately plunge the country into a crisis.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Opposing this motion, the advocate representing Walus dismissed arguments, saying the law must uphold equality and fairness when granting parole and not placing importance on the murder of certain people and the nature of the crime, but have a holistic approach when granting parole.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter
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The department will hear if it will be granted leave to appeal a high court judgment freeing Chris Hani's killer Janusz Walus.