Derby-Lewis parole: consider mass murder potential, says Jordan

2012-04-11 07:36

SACP leader Chris Hani’s assassination could have sparked a mass murder, and this has to be taken into account when considering parole for his killer, Clive Derby-Lewis, ANC veteran Pallo Jordan has said.

Jordan told guests at a gala dinner at Emperor’s Palace organised by the Ekurhuleni Metro to mark the 19th anniversary of his death last night that Derby-Lewis’s parole is often discussed “like he was just another killer”.

But the person who assassinated Hani was “intent on mass murder”, Jordan said.

He said were it not for the intervention of the liberation movement and for calls for calm and negotiations, “we would have been marking the death of many more people tonight”.

Jordan, who is also a member of the ANC’s national executive committee, also used the occasion to indirectly criticise the behaviour of the likes of suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. Malema is set to appeal his expulsion from the ANC tomorrow.

Giving a background of Hani’s role in the party’s military structures, Jordan said Hani criticised the ANC when necessary, but he was never antagonistic towards the party.

Hani was “a militant, fearless and courageous cadre of our movement that would have never mistook fearlessness for recklessness, that would have never mistook militancy for big loud mouth, that would have never mistook revolutionary politics for bombast”.

Jordan also used the occasion to urge the ANC to work harder to fight corruption. “There is a growing perception that we have presided over a regime of growing corruption and skimming from the top and that perception will not be eliminated except by resolute steps and tough action against corruption,” he said in measured tones and to applause.

He also said the elitist lifestyle of people who come from the ranks of the ANC and their conspicuous consumption would have earned “round condemnation” from Hani.

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