A few days after South Africa’s top court ordered the release on parole of Janusz Walus, the ruling continues to cause outrage.

Walus has served over two decades of a life sentence for the murder in 1993 of Hani, an anti-apartheid leader.

South African ambassador to Qatar Faizel Moosa says it took the country to the edge of civil war.

Polish-born Janusz Walus shot dead Chris Hani in the driveway of his house on April 10, 1993, in Boksburg, a suburb east of Johannesburg.

51-year-old Hani was the general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

In a statement, the communist party said Hani’s murder left a gaping wound in his family, the SACP and the ranks of the working class. The judgment has rubbed salt granules to the wound.

Walus was convicted of very serious crime cold blooded murder, said Constitutional Court judge Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, adding his conduct nearly plunged this country into civil unrest, but he was entitled under law to parole. 

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