Minister awaits Derby-Lewis query
Johannesburg - Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is waiting to hear from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela about a complaint about parole for Clive Derby-Lewis, her office said on Thursday.
"[The minister] notes reports in the media that the public protector has received a complaint regarding the granting of medical parole to offender Derby-Lewis," the statement said.
"The minister awaits correspondence in this regard from the office of the public protector."
The statement reiterated that Derby-Lewis had never applied for consideration for medical parole.
Derby-Lewis, the leader of the apartheid-era Conservative Party, and an MP, was sentenced to 25 years’ in prison for his part in the murder of SA Communist Party secretary general Chris Hani in 1993.
He arranged a firearm for triggerman Janusz Walus, who is serving the same prison term.
Both were initially sentenced to death, but this was commuted to life in prison after the abolition of the death penalty.
Derby-Lewis, 75, is being treated for prostate and skin cancer.