Young communists oppose Derby-Lewis parole bid

2010-06-24 13:05

Clive Derby-Lewis should not be granted parole, the Young Communist

League of SA (YCLSA) said of the man convicted of killing SA Communist

Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani.

YCLSA spokesperson Happy Malobye said: “As the YCLSA of the Linda

Jobane District [Johannesburg], we strongly believe that both Derby-Lewis and

[co-conspirator Janusz] Walus should rot in jail.

We firmly believe that the two

racist butchers owe the country and the nation a public explanation on why they

killed Chris Hani.”

He said this a day after the Pretoria Correctional Supervision and

Parole Board (CSPB) heard submissions on whether to grant Derby-Lewis


Derby-Lewis was convicted with Walus for his part in the murder of

the SACP general secretary in 1993.

He was sentenced to death but this was commuted to life

imprisonment when capital punishment was abolished. He has served 15 years so


His last application for parole was dismissed by the Pretoria High

Court in March last year.

Malobye said: “The assassination of comrade Chris Hani was a

declaration of war against the working-class and the poor youth.

In a

disciplined manner and out of respect for their leader, the working-class and

the poor youth did not retaliate on this heinous crime in the name of Chris

since he was a firm believer in peace and national reconciliation.

“The ongoing side-shows by Derby-Lewis to run to the courts

demanding a parole is political blackmail and a serious provocation,” he


He called for an inquest into the circumstances surrounding Hani’s

assassination and accused Derby-Lewis of using the ANC “as a Trojan horse for


The YCLSA’s call followed similar appeals by the SACP and the

Democratic Alliance (DA).

In a statement yesterday, the DA said Derby-Lewis should not be

considered for parole until he had served a “substantially longer sentence”.

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