The Justice Ministry has added
its own oppositional voice to the chorus of condemnation at the decision to
release Chris Hani's assassin Janusz Waluś on parole.
Walus is due to be
released on parole in 14 days, following an order issued by the North Gauteng
High Court on Thursday.
However, there is a strong
likelihood the judgment will be appealed.
Minister Masutha is concerned
it may not be in line with the processes in place of granting parole, in which
the healing of victims, is considered central making such a decision.
The Minister of Justice and
Correctional Service, Michael Masutha said “there
was a strong possibility that the department would appeal the decision after a
thorough evaluation of the reasons such a judgment was made.
judgement flies in the face of our new policy crust which is to restore the
place of the victim right in the centre of the criminal justice system.
efforts should be made to make sure that the victim's opinion should be taken
into consideration when parole applications are considered.
We have since not
approved a single parole applications where there is no evidence of some effort
to engage victims".
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