Derby-Lewis not up for parole

2009-08-28 16:02
Cape Town - Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is not setting a precedent for convicted murderers such as Clive Derby-Lewis by granting parole to apartheid era hitman Butana Almond Nofemela.

Mapisa-Nqakula, speaking to journalists after announcing on Friday that parole would be granted to Nofemela, said freedom for Derby-Lewis "is not on the cards".

"By allowing Mr Nofemela to walk free I am not setting a precedent," she said.

"Mr Derby-Lewis was not granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission," she said.

"Second, he didn't give full disclosure as far as the TRC is concerned.

"Finally, he has not completed 20 years. Also he has shown no remorse for the crime he committed. I will not let people abuse the process of parole."

Parole application

Derby-Lewis, 73, was convicted for his part in the murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani in 1993.

He has served 15 years of a life sentence, after his death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment when the death penalty was abolished.

His last application for parole was dismissed by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in March.

Nofemela has served nearly 22 years in prison for murdering Brits farmer Johannes Hendrik Lourens.

He escaped the gallows at the last minute in 1987 after confessing to killing eight ANC members.

- SAPA
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