18/08/2017 12:53 SAST | Updated 18/08/2017 12:53 SAST

Court Overturns Decision To Grant Chris Hani's Killer Janusz Walus Parole

The decision has been handed to the Justice Minister - Walus will remain in jail for now.

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Janusz Walus (L) and Clive Derby-Lewis testify during special public hearing of the Truth Commission at Mamelodi township.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Friday overturned an earlier decision granting Chris Hani's killer, Janusz Walus, parole.

Walus, a Polish immigrant and white supremacist, has spent 24 years in jail for assassinating the SACP leader and Mandela's likely successor in April 1993 together with Clive Derby-Lewis, who died of cancer in November last year.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha, who launched an appeal against the North Gauteng High Court's decision to release Walus on parole, was given 90 days by the SCA to to reconsider whether he should be released.

"The matter is remitted to the appellant [Masutha] for his reconsideration and decision within 90 calendar days of this order," the SCA said.

The Justice Ministry welcomed the decision, according to reports.

Following the High Court's ruling in March to release Walus on parole, groups and people including Hani's widow Mpho and the Youth Communist League of SA slammed the decision, saying Walus does not deserve to be back in society.

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In May, Home Affairs confirmed it has revoked the citizenship of Walus, and would seek his deportation if he is released.

Home Affairs' David Hlabane confirmed Walus' South African citizenship has been revoked on the basis of the crime he committed.