Clive Derby-Lewis 'won’t try contact Hani family again'

2015-06-07 14:56
(Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Netwerk24)

(Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Clive-Derby Lewis has given up trying to contact the family of slain anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani, the recently paroled convicted murderer's wife said on Sunday.

“It’s an exercise in futility,” said Gaye Derby Lewis.

She said her husband had tried many times in the past and would no longer pursue contact with the Hani family.

“It’s a complete waste of time.”

Late last month, Judge Selby Baqwa overturned Justice Minister Michael Masutha's decision to deny parole to Derby-Lewis, who is dying from lung cancer.

Derby–Lewis, aged 79, is serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani.

Conditions 'difficult'

Gaye Derby Lewis also said that while she and her husband were “grateful” to the court for granting him parole, they found the conditions set by corrections services, “extremely difficult".

“We are a bit worried about that”.

Derby-Lewis’s parole conditions were determined by the minister and the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board of the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre.

On Sunday afternoon, Gaye Derby-Lewis said that her husband was doing fine.

“He’s fine. We have some people here for lunch,” she said.

Overall, she said that coming from prison: “He looks a bit weak and he is unsteady on his feet…”

Praise for judge

Gaye Derby-Lewis also had praise for Judge Selby Baqwa, saying that his judgment was “wonderful".

“He was so fair. It was a pleasure to listen to him.”

Last month in delivering his judgment, Baqwa said he had found flaws in a previous review of a medical parole application, delivered by Masutha.

This included Masutha's views that Derby-Lewis had not expressed remorse for his part in the murder of Hani.

During the hearing, in an effort to show that Derby-Lewis had shown remorse, his lawyer said there had been an invitation to Hani's widow, Limpho, to visit him in hospital for a face-to-face apology. She had not taken up the offer.

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