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South Africa strips citizenship from activist's killer

Associated Press logo Associated Press 30/05/2017
FILE - In this Monday Nov. 24, 1997 file photo, Polish immigrant and convicted killer, Janusz Walus, is sworn in during a Truth and Reconcilliation Commission hearing in Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa has renounced the citizenship of Walus, the man who killed anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993. (AP Photo / Cobus Bodenstein, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Monday Nov. 24, 1997 file photo, Polish immigrant and convicted killer, Janusz Walus, is sworn in during a Truth and Reconcilliation Commission hearing in Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa has renounced the citizenship of Walus, the man who killed anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993. (AP Photo / Cobus Bodenstein, File)

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has renounced the citizenship of the man who killed anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993.

Polish immigrant Janusz Walus was sentenced to life in prison for shooting Hani, head of the military wing of the African National Congress. South Africa's main anti-apartheid movement became the country's ruling party after the end of white minority rule.

Walus' lawyer Julian Knight confirmed the renunciation of his South African citizenship on Tuesday.

Walus has said he hoped the assassination would plunge South Africa into chaos ahead of the country's first all-race elections in 1994. That election saw Nelson Mandela become the country's first black president.

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