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The Man Who Murdered Chris Hani Could be eligible for parole

The Constitutional Court will hear the parole appeal of Chris Hani killer, Januaz Walus.

After numerous failed parole bids, the Constitutional Court has agreed to hear the parole matter of Walus, killer of anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani.

Speaking to TimesLIVE on Monday, Walus's lawyer Julian Knight said they had filed an application, seeking to be heard by the apex court as far back as April but only last week received positive feedback from the court.

Walus's matter will be heard by the Braamfontein-based court in February.

Knight said they were "cautiously optimistic" that these court proceedings would finally see Walus, now 68, released after almost three decades of incarceration.

Walus and right-wing politician Clive Derby-Lewis were sentenced to death for murdering Hani, the SA Communists Party's general-secretary. He was shot dead outside his home in Boksburg on 10 April 1993.

Derby-Lewis and Walus's sentences were later commuted to life imprisonment when SA abolished the death penalty. Derby-Lewis, who had allegedly ordered the hit carried out by Walus, was granted medical parole in 2015 and died the next year of cancer.

Parole bids by Walus have been declined over the years.

In November 2017, then justice minister Michael Masutha denied Walus parole because, among other reasons, a psychologist's report showed the killer saw nothing wrong with eliminating a communist who happened to be a father and husband.

Hani's widow Dimpho and his daughter have been integral in the blocking of parole.


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