Equalitybefore the law

2015-06-16 06:00

THE court has ruled in favour of freeing Clive Derby-Lewis on medical parole.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the assassination­ of SACP leader Chris Hani.

Derby Lewis has been diagnosed with stage three terminal cancer.

Doctors have given him a few months to live. Judges do not thumb-suck the decisions they make. The decisions are based on the evidence before them, forensic or circumstantial, which they deliberate on before reaching a verdict.

The SACP is calling for a review of our judicial system because the judge has made a ruling it is not happy with.

The crux of the issue is that South Africa cannot afford to have different laws for different people.

The Constitution states that there has to be equality before the law.

There was no review of the judiciary­ when a friend of Jacob Zuma­ and a former police commissioner were paroled on medical grounds.

Schabir Shaik was spotted playing golf even though he was deemed to be terminally ill. Was there a call to overhaul our judicial system?

No, there was not because maybe the decision suited those who were politically connected.

If the minister does not appeal the ruling, millions of rands of taxpayers’ money will be saved.

What would be the point of the appeal when doctors have given Derby-Lewis a few months to live?

Our judicial system must always remain independent, credible, equitable and transparent.

Judges can under no circumstances be pressured by public sentiment. What type of overhaul of the judicial system is the SACP asking for?

Does it entail more training for judges or changing the systems and conditions for parole?

Our bastion of hope, as citizens of South Africa, lies with having an independent judiciary.

We have to fight for it to remain free from any type of pressure.


There was no review of the judiciary when a friend of Jacob Zuma and a former police commissioner were paroled on medical grounds

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