Derby-Lewis not denied treatment - dept

2011-09-14 21:13

Johannesburg - There is no merit in media reports that convicted murderer Clive Derby-Lewis was being refused urgent hospital treatment, the department of correctional services said on Wednesday.

"Clive Derby-Lewis went to a private facility last year and he still prefers to utilise a private surgeon," said spokesperson Sibongile Khumalo.

"We cannot prevent or deny a request from an inmate if they wish to see a private medical practitioner," she said.

On Tuesday Eyewitness News reported that the department had asked Derby-Lewis's family to pay R80 000 for his transport and security needs before it would take him to hospital.

However, Khumalo said Derby-Lewis - who was convicted of killing SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani - had signed a document acknowledging that if he insisted on private healthcare, he would bear all costs involved.

"The financial implications of his impending hospitalisation have been communicated to him, his wife and legal representatives," said Khumalo.

She would neither confirm nor deny how "impending" a hospital stay was, or how "urgent" his health situation was.

Derby-Lewis has undergone treatment for prostate cancer and has had gangrenous tissue removed from his leg.

Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that he had also been diagnosed with heart failure.

Khumalo said that if private medical care was needed and once payment had been made, he would be transported at his cost to any private hospital of his choice.

Derby-Lewis has repeatedly been denied bail on medical grounds and is serving a life sentence for the murder of Hani in 1993.

Derby-Lewis's lawyer Marius Coertze could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • terrydelacy - 2011-09-14 21:43

    How much did Shaik pay for his private treatment? This is nothing but extortion and discrimination!

  • Marc - 2011-09-14 22:25

    R80 000 for transport? What a load of hogwash, Khumalo! Why was this transport thing not an issue when you transported that convicted liar and fraudster, Shabir Shaik, to and from hospital in Durban? Stop lying just because Mr Derby-Lewis ia a white man!!!!!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-09-15 09:26

      This is a murderer not a fraudster. Spot the difference, KIDS WERE LEFT WITHOUT A FATHER

  • Andysor - 2011-09-15 00:43

    Can't believe everyone here is defending Derby-Lewis. As has been mentioned in other comments "because he's white"? While there may well be black murders who should have been convicted post-apartheid, two wrongs do not make a right.

      pitbull - 2011-09-15 05:22

      Old pensions are R1140 per month. Another good reason for a pissed off retired person to kill a politician. At least in prison you get food, bed, medical, entertainment, the kids come to visit as often as the do anyway, AND at the end of it free burial. I say let us old penniless people each kill a politician. I bag Zuma.

      thewestern - 2011-09-15 09:36

      Derby-Lewis conspired to kill a political activist during the apartheid years. This was a politically motivated act. Robert McBride planted a bomb at a restaurant killing innocent women and children. The supposed reason was political and he was exonerated of all charges. How is Derby-Lewis any worse than McBride?

  • Dave50 - 2011-09-15 05:01

    Black revenge, what he did was wrong but the Shakky standards this country is now being run by tell the rest of the world what black people are like, pity, because they also are not all the same, but that is how people like Juju portray white people, all the same so black people must be a bunch of theives, murderes and child rapists, I think not but what do we do as a country to change this international image.

  • pitbull - 2011-09-15 05:21

    Old pensions are R1140 per month. Another good reason for a pissed off retired person to kill a politician. At least in prison you get food, bed, medical, entertainment, the kids come to visit as often as the do anyway, AND at the end of it free burial. I say let us old penniless people each kill a politician. I bag Zuma.

      daaivark - 2011-09-15 07:36

      Alzheimers pitbull? You just said that.

      sweets18 - 2011-09-15 08:53

      lol pitbull!

  • Durbsdude - 2011-09-15 06:03

    This issue reeks of government cover up. Clearly word has come down from the top to keep this man locked up at all costs....

      daaivark - 2011-09-15 07:36

      Covering up what?

      ldn_saffa - 2011-09-15 11:00

      .......apparently not at 'all' costs......

      Durbsdude - 2011-09-15 12:02

      daaivark take your stupid question and stick it up your fat behind.

  • pothead - 2011-09-15 06:18

    "we are all equal,but some are more equal than others"!!!!!!!! he should have been released by now.........!!!! maybe he should take up golf - i hear it's the best "treatment" for life threatening diseases!!!!!! eugene de kock should also be released - the only "2" political prisoners in jail......... and they are both white.......!!!! sies!!!

      daaivark - 2011-09-15 07:37

      pothead, you are not making sense.

      Prof - 2011-09-15 09:42

      daaivark-- I agree with u. Ur comments are always fair. Keep it up!!!

      Durbsdude - 2011-09-15 12:03

      Ignore the troll pothead.

  • Prof - 2011-09-15 07:45

    He is not suffering. Make sure u give him 50 Sjamboks 3 times a day.Keep him in there for another 100 years...

      Taurus 11 - 2011-09-15 08:50

      Prof Are you a medical doctor no? Then how do know that he is not suffering.I know what your are suffering from SFB S??t for Brains

      Prof - 2011-09-15 09:05

      Taurus 11 -- how do u know he is suffering?

  • Caterwauler - 2011-09-15 08:19

    The comparison to Shaik is the most compelling. Forget about the racist comments. What is required here is equal treatment under the law.It sounds like his condition is a bit more serious than hypertension?

      myancmyfutur - 2011-09-15 09:30

      We made comparisons on McBride and Bees and everyone gave Bees thumbs up, now its a comparison between a fraudster and a murderer and people think the fraudster mst get a life term and murderer should walk

      GrimReaper1 - 2011-09-15 09:48

      but with Shaik he was terminally ill and only through a miracle he was cured and he can now be a productive member of soceity again..also he was not a cold blooded kller

  • St Shooter - 2011-09-15 08:47

    DID no one notice this bad reporting once again by NEWS24 "Derby-Lewis has repeatedly been denied bail on medical grounds and is serving a life sentence for the murder of Hani in 1993." BAIL ? its meant to be parole morons !!!!

  • pothead - 2011-09-15 09:22

    @daaivark - "animal farm' - george orwell! look at robert mcbride - bomber - killer! at the trc,he's "sins" were forgiven,got caught at mocambique border with weapons,the list goes on! now,that's what i am talking about - his bomb he planted,was politicaly motivated,so was eugene de kock's actions,so was derby-lewis and wallus..........!!!! "we are all equal,but some are more equal than others"......!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-09-15 12:40

      So was Strjdom and many killers who walk scott free. Was anyone ever held accountable for killing children in Soweto? or the killing of 3 children in Mthatha in 1992 (all not older than 13)McBride was actually released on a deal with Strjdom. I support the release of de kock, he co-operated well with TRC and I think he was a good solder who did what was asked of him and did it well. Derby Lewis and Waluz killed Hani when it was agreed that all parties should lay down weapons. If you kill during ceasefire you can't be treated as a POW you become a murderer.

  • one-way - 2011-09-15 09:27

    Failure to release him on parole, will come back and bite the government, sometime in the near future. In the meantime, revenge seems to be a hugely overiding factor in the handling of the Derby-Lewis case.Pity actually ,recall something about measuring a society buy looking at how they treat their prison population. We profess to practice progressive policies yet good old ,"In the Dungeon till you Rot" attitudes still prevail. Not even distressing any more! Just expected! There-in lies the rub.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-09-15 09:33

    This guy really does deserve to be released.

      GrimReaper1 - 2011-09-15 11:10

      he deserves to be deep fried in pig fat and fed to the dogs

      Prof - 2011-09-15 11:48

      Are u willing to replace him in jail?

  • Stu - 2011-09-15 09:54

    My father recently passed after living with congestive heart failure for 4 years. From my experience it is not something your can improve - without a heart transplant - and even with all types of medicines matters keep progressively deteriorating. Despite what he did - after 18 years - I believe he should be alowed out on compassionate grounds.

  • howardg - 2011-09-15 10:52

    He would have been pardoned by the Truth and Recon Committee if he had told the truth.Let the people he is protecting pay his medical bills

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-09-15 12:11

    serves him right, bloody racist agent

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