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'Hani's killers must rot'

By unknown | Oct 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

The SACP is outraged at what it calls "attempts to abuse the justice system" by lawyers of the jailed killers of its leader Chris Hani to get the right-wing prisoners pardoned for their crime.

The Young Communist League, the party's youth wing, described the application as an "insult" and "political blackmail", not only to communists, but to the people of South Africa in general.

SACP spokesman Malesela Maleka said the party had noted the attempts by the lawyers of Janusz Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis to have the two pardoned.

"We view these attempts as an abuse of our justice system by those who have committed a heinous crime in our society," said Maleka.

He said the party was totally opposed to the application, adding it would do everything possible to oppose the attempt, including mobilising the masses.

"We remain confident that our government will not consider any pardon for the two, given the gravity of their action.

"As we have said before we will only consider withdrawing our opposition to any possible pardon if they tell the whole truth before a credible legal or judicial process," said Maleka.

YCL spokesman Castro Ngobese said: "We call on the collective leadership of the ANC and the president of the republic, Thabo Mbeki to reject this insulting stance by the two assassins.

"We strongly believe the two must rot in jail until they fully disclose the circumstances of and the conspirators in Hani's assassination."

Recently the SACP rejected a request by Walus and Derby-Lewis, who both offered to give details about Hani's assassination to the party.

Hani was shot dead in the driveway of his Boksburg home on April 10 1993 at the height of the all-party, pre-democracy negotiations in Kempton Park.

The right-wing prisoners were allegedly hoping to sway the SACP into agreeing to hear their evidence by "opportunistically" making their request at the same time that some party members were singing songs implying President Thabo Mbeki had been involved in Hani's assassination.


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