Limpho can forgive Hani’s killer but won’t forget
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – DESPITE suffering setbacks in the bid against the granting of parole to the killer of her husband, Limpho Hani says he she bears no grudges against the assailant.
Limpho is the widow of slain leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Chief of Staff of the Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), Chris Hani.
Januz Walus (now 63) shot Hani dead at the latter’s home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg in April 1993, sparking tensions at a time when negotiations to end apartheid were taking place.
Walus, a Polish immigrant, was sentenced to death but after the abolition of capital punishment in the country, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
With the introduction of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after apartheid, he applied for amnesty, which would give him parole.
On 10 March 2016, the High Court ruled Walu should be released.
Government opposed the ruling but last Thursday, Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen dismissed the State’s application at the Gauteng North High Court.
Amid the setback, Hani’s widow says she has no ill feelings towards her husband’s assassin.
“I have no vengeance or retribution against the applicant (for parole),” says Limpho, representing a massive shift from an earlier stance that she will never forgive Walus.
However, while she appears willing to forgive, she will never forget.
“It is a fact that he murdered my husband in cold blood, deprived my children of a father and the SACP, the ANC and the country at large of a leader.”
Limpho (nee Sekamane) married Hani in Lusaka, Zambia in 1974.The couple would later have three daughters.
Recently, hundreds of supporters drawn from ANC and SAPC marched in the capital demonstrating against the impending release of Walus.
The demonstrators included Fikile Mbalula, ANC National Executive member.
“We are marching to voice our disgust at the release of Walus. Judgment has been handed down but that doesn’t mean the judgment can go unchallenged‚” Mbalula told the media.
An ordinary ANC member, James Moloi, said releasing Hani’s killer was a “great betrayal.
“I’m disappointed and disgusted that a killer must be granted a parole. Here is a man who shot someone dead intentionally and all of a sudden is given parole. It sets a bad precedent and puts the South African judiciary in bad light,” said Moloi.
ANC Provincial Secretary Hope Papo said, “The judgment is controversial, unfortunate, insensitive, inconsiderate and regrettable in that it is calling on the Hani family to forgive, forget and simply move on with their lives.”
– CAJ News
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