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Take Walus parole decision to Constitutional Court – Cosatu

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha to take the matter of parole for Chris Hani’s killer to the Constitutional Court.

Walus has been in jail for 23 years for murdering the South African Communist Party (SACP) leader outside his Boksburg home on April 10 1993.

Mthunzi Mhaga‚ Masutha’s spokesman‚ said that the minister will petition the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal to that court.

Cosatu said it was “disappointed but not surprised” by the court’s ruling on Thursday.

“This cold blooded killer of Comrade Hani and his handlers robbed the Hani family of a loving father‚ the movement of its revolutionary leader and nearly plunged the nation [into] a quandary of a civil war‚” Cosatu said in a statement.

“His [Walus’] mercenary and counterrevolutionary actions were intended to prolong the dark era of political violence and derail the processes that led to our democratic breakthrough.”

The trade union federation also accused Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen of bias.

“The hearing exposed her as someone who was not prepared to see things from a different viewpoint and who could not eliminate emotions during the proceedings. She struggled to set aside her personally biased viewpoint and be neutral as reflected by her questioning methods and the obvious agitation with the state lawyers‚” Cosatu said.

Cosatu said South Africa’s judicial system needed to be transformed urgently.

“As long as the system fails to act objectively and is still blinded by the colour of a victim and the perpetrator’s skin‚ and their social class; the black majority and the working class cannot claim to be free.

“[The system] still benefits and preserves the interests of the architects and beneficiaries of the evil system of apartheid.”