Hani killer’s fate weighs in the balance

2010-09-12 09:48

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will decide whether Clive Derby-Lewis (74), the man responsible for ­orchestrating the murder of struggle hero Chris Hani, will eat his Christmas dinner at home or in prison – and she may have to make that decision this year.

“We are a long way from learning about what will happen with regard to Derby-Lewis,” said correctional services spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga yesterday.

Mbananga was reacting to what he referred to as “a report with an agenda” in a Saturday newspaper.

The newspaper quoted “sources close to Derby-Lewis” as saying the murderer’s ­parole had been recommended for a second time by the Pretoria Prison parole board.

Mbananga said Derby-Lewis’ parole board hearing earlier this year had only been the first step in a long process to decide his fate.

This was the same process applied to the parole applications of all offenders serving life sentences, he said.

At the parole hearing the Hani family, the SACP and Cosatu argued against parole.

And their input, Mbananga said, would be taken into consideration during the processes that follow the parole board hearing.

The minister, he said, would decide on the matter only after receiving recommendations from the National Council on Correctional Services (NCCS).

And the issue of parole for the notorious rightwinger may or may not be on the agenda of the next council sitting at the end of October.

The NCCS, Mbananga said, consists of an array of individual experts in their fields, including lawyers, legal experts, doctors, psychologists and correctional experts.

This body makes recommendations to the minister after perusing and weighing the recommendations of the parole board, he said.

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