The lawyer representing South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, says there is no merit in the argument his client is under political pressure in considering the parole of the man who killed SACP leader Chris Hani. News24 reports that on Monday, Janus Walus’ advocate argued in the Constitutional Court that ministers were political appointees placed in their positions by the ANC, who is an alliance partner of the SACP, and “it simply makes it difficult for any minister to [grant Walus parole]”. But Lamola’s advocate said there was no merit in that submission, insisting that “The minister stated under oath that he did not consult his political comrades and that he took the decision in his capacity as the minister of justice and correctional services”.
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