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SACP, Hani family 'not surprised' by dismissal of State's Janusz Waluś appeal

The State's application for leave to appeal the release of Chris Hani's killer has been dismissed.

Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen delivered a brief ruling in the North Gauteng High Court this morning.

Waluś has been behind bars for almost 23 years after he murdered the late South African Communist Party (SACP) leader at his home in Boksburg in 1993.

EWN reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo says the State will have to find other avenues to stop Waluś from being released.

According to Ngcobo, the Hani family and SACP members - who feel that this is not the end - had expected an unfavourable ruling.

She says the State's lawyers have vowed to submit a petition to the courts following the decision.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:

Meanwhile, the SACP's Alex Mashilo says that the party is not surprised by the outcome, given what they perceived to be as a negative attitude from Judge van Nieuwenhuizen.

Today's outcome is consistent withe observations we made. The judge couldn't even allow the State's legal team to finish their sentences. She interjected them left right and centre.

Alex Mashilo, SACP spokesperson

He said that the SACP will take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal and is willing to explore all legal avenues.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:


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