Derby-Lewis’ wife to approach Thuli Madonsela over medical parole

2014-06-23 14:25

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The wife of convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis plans to approach the Public Protector to force police and government departments to do their job.

“No, I haven’t laid a complaint yet, but I will approach her because it’s the Public Protector’s job to make sure a government department does its job,” Gaye Derby-Lewis said today.

She wants her husband to be released on medical parole.

“Failing that, we will take legal action against the police. No one is untouchable in South Africa, and they must learn this.”

In an e-mail, she alleged SA Communist Party (SACP) members were making it difficult for her husband to get parole.

“After years of listening to the SACP leaders ... state that Clive Derby-Lewis did not make full disclosure during his 1993 trial ... we decided to request the SAPS to question Blade Nzimande [and others] ... regarding what knowledge they obviously have about a wider conspiracy,” she said.

Nzimande is SACP general secretary.

“If they state in public that there is indeed a wider conspiracy, then it stands to reason that they should hand the information to back their statements to the SAPS.”

In February, IOL quoted SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo saying it would continue to oppose parole for her husband.

“He [Clive Derby-Lewis] applied for amnesty with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but it was not granted because he did not tell the complete truth,” Mashilo told the website.

“He is a liar and unrehabilitated. On this basis we will continue to oppose his parole.”

Mashilo could not be reached for comment today.

Gaye Derby-Lewis said she sought advice on the matter from a senior policeman.

“I laid a complaint with police to find out why these communists keep fighting his parole.

“To date they have done nothing. They don’t even report back to me despite numerous requests by phone, by SMS and by email.”

She believed the police were scared of the SACP.

“Clearly, even the SAPS is scared to approach these political untouchables who are dictating the law with regard to Derby-Lewis, and backing their agenda with violent protests in the streets.

“We cannot change the DNA of the SACP street terrorists, but we surely can appeal to those South Africans who purport to uphold the law for everyone on an equal basis.

“Clearly, the SACP is afraid of a 78-year-old man.”

Derby-Lewis was convicted of conspiracy to kill SACP leader Chris Hani by providing the gun that Polish immigrant Janusz Walus used to kill Hani in the driveway of his Boksburg, East Rand home on April 10 1993.

The former Conservative Party MP, who was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, has already served more than 20 years of his sentence.

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