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Disruption as EFF blocks busy N1 highway in Midrand

Motorists have been urged to avoid the N1 highway N1 in Midrand, Gauteng as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has blocked the busy road protesting against the release of Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus on parole.

On 21 November, the Constitutional Court ordered that Walus be released on parole within ten days and the deadline is on Thursday, 1 December 2022.

There has been massive disruption in the flow of traffic in Gauteng due to the protest which has resulted in major delays from the Buccleuch Interchange and there are also delays on the N1 South from the N14 Brakfontein Interchange.

The EFF is not the only party that has taken to the streets protesting the release of Walus. The Tripartite Alliance (ANC, COSATU and SACP) also marched to Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility in Tshwane where Walus was serving his sentence and also declared 1 December as National Chris Hani Day.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has deployed officers to the N1.  As previously reported, the EFF said the Constitutional Court undermined the sensitivities of South Africans and will invoke instability in the country, adding that Walus cannot be forgiven.

The party said there has been no resolution between Walus and the Hani family which has consistently opposed his release due to the trauma they suffered.

“It is a betrayal of all combatants who fought the forces of apartheid and colonialism and has reduced the Constitutional Court to an instrument that reinforces white supremacy and disrespects the memory of an icon,” the party said.

The EFF further said that there will be serious consequences and repercussions and the Constitutional Court will take responsibility over what will happen if Walus is released from prison.

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