Double blow for Janusz Walus, loses citizenship and faces deportation

The citizenship of the man who shot dead Chris Hani has been revoked. The decision was made on Monday in the supreme court of appeal.

Janus Walus will be deported back to Poland when he completes his prison term. Walus came to South Africa in 1981 and was granted citizenship by the apartheid government in 1987.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration attorney says it is very simple for the South African government to revoke and deprive an individual of their citizenship.

Read: Walus parole appeal ruling is now set for Thursday

The minister of home affairs has the power to do so in terms of the Citizenship Act.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration attorney

Eisenberg explains that because Walus retained his Polish citizenship, this enables the minister of home affairs to deprive him of a South African citizenship.

Once you have the citizenship, you have all the socio- economic rights imaginable and you also have political rights.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration attorney

Eisenberg explains there are a number of ways to obtain a South African citizenship, namely by birth and naturalisation which is how Walus obtained his status.

Those that obtained their citizenship by naturalisation and later lose it, also forfeit their residual rights to permanent residence, he adds.

Listen below to the full interview:


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