Limpho Hani, the widow of slain struggle icon Chris Hani, launched a scathing attack on the Constitutional Court, following its decision to grant Janusz Walus parole. The highest court in the land nullified Justice Minister Ronald Lamola‘s decision to not release him, 27 years after Walus assassinated Hani.
Walus, a Polish national, assassinated Hani outside his Boksburg home, shooting him four times on Easter Saturday 10 April 1993, on the eve of South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994. Hani was declared dead at the scene.
Authorities managed to capture Walus after a neighbour noted the registration of the car he fled the scene in. It was later revealed during the course of the investigation that former apartheid-era MP Clive Derby-Lewis was the mastermind behind the plot.
The pair was later sentenced to death. However that was later commuted to life imprisonment after South Africa abolished the death penalty. In 2015, after several unsuccessful attempts, Derby-Lewis, then 79 and suffering from terminal lung cancer, was granted medical parole. He died in 2016.
LIMPHO HANI REACTS TO DECISION ON WALUS’ PAROLE GRANT
Reacting to the Constitutional Court judgement, the widow of Chris Hani slammed Chief Justice Raymond Zondo couldn’t hide her anger and said her family was never consulted on the decision.
‘Zondo never referred to my family, to myself, to my children and the trauma and the suffering. He couldn’t give a s**t. He couldn’t be bothered,” Hani said.
She further said that Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was vindicated after claiming the judiciary was captured several months ago.
“If my husband was not killed, we would never have had elections. Mandela, after my husband was murdered said to [FW] de Klerk, for us to stop this give us an election date. That’s why Zondo and his friends today are sitting in this court otherwise we’d still be under apartheid.”Limpho Hani
The SACP was also outraged by the judgement and echoed Hani’s sentiments.
“The judgment has far-reaching implications that compel the SACP to analyse it deeper and look for a new way forward under the circumstances. The reality we now face is that the court failed to protect our right to exist as communists. We will have to protect this right ourselves,” the party said.