SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande has again said he’s not against the parole application of the man who killed former leader Chris Hani.

Speaking outside the North Gauteng High Court in Tshwane yesterday, where he and Hani’s widow Limpho attended Janusz Walus’ fourth parole application, he said Walus must tell the truth about who ordered the assassination.

South African Communist Party Secretary General Dr Blade Nzimande, Dimpho Hani and Dr Alex Mashilo at the Pretoria High Court for the court’s ruling on Minister of Justice and Correctional Service application against Janusz Walus parole. Photo by Raymond Morare Photo by

Nzimande dismissed claims that former justice and correctional services minister Michael Masutha’s decision to refuse to grant Walus parole was biased and politically motivated.

He said Walus showed no remorse.

“He began to be remorseful after 20 years, which showed he was only doing it for the sake of parole.”

South African Communist Party Secretary General, Dr Blade Nzimande, at Pretoria High Court for court’s ruling on Minister of Justice and Correctional Service application against Janusz Walus parole. Photo by Raymond Morare Photo by

He said they’d be open to parole only if Walus told the truth.

Walus’ lawyer asked Judge Jody Kollapen to set aside Masutha’s decision to deny him parole.

His lawyer Roelof du Plessis told the court Walus met all parole conditions and was remorseful. He said it was difficult for the minister to decide as he was afraid of being criticised. 

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“The court needs to make the decision sooner or later,” he said.

Representing the minister, SACP and Limpho, Advocate Marumo Moerane said the minister’s decision was rational.

He said a report, compiled by psychologist Joel Mbele on Walus, showed he showed no remorse.

Kollapen postponed the application to a date yet to be announced.