Dept tight-lipped on Derby-Lewis parole

2012-09-28 22:15

Johannesburg - The correctional services department on Friday declined to comment on a medical parole application reportedly made by the wife of convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis.

"We won't deny, confirm or comment on any medical parole application or the state of any inmate's health condition," said chief deputy commissioner for correction and incarceration, James Smallberger.

He said the medical parole advisory board met on Friday to discuss all medical parole applications which had been received until Thursday.

According to Beeld, Gaye Derby-Lewis applied for her husband's medical parole.

Marius Coertze Attorneys said Gaye made the application two weeks ago when she handed in the application at the offices of the minister of correctional services.

She had apparently not received any feedback regarding the application since it was submitted. Gaye said she would be applying for her husband's medical parole as he was suffering from cancer and from gangrene.

Derby-Lewis, 76, was denied normal parole last year.

He was sentenced to 25 years' in prison for his role in the killing of SA communist Party general secretary Chris Hani in 1993.

Derby-Lewis had arranged a firearm for hit-man Janusz Walus, who is also serving the same prison term.

They were both initially sentenced to death but this was commuted to life in prison when the death penalty was abolished.

  • John - 2012-09-28 22:39

    Asian SHAIK on golf course! Black SELEBI at home. WHITE Derby-Lewis stay in prison!!!

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-09-28 22:49

      And many of them call themselves Christians...I dont think so. Mr Lewis paid his dues.... let him spend his last days with his loved ones

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-29 07:57

      @blip.noodlum : so give the man a set of golf clubs and lets be done with it. jonesriffler.mtokwana: He helped stopped a terrorist communist. Your cANCers brothers who killed innocent woman and children, who bombed restaurants, hurled grenades into churches, hung 7 year old children in their own back yard and wiped out defenceless families are now “Hero’s” with high paying government jobs. Let’s not even go into what your so called leaders did to their own in the training camps not to mention what you did to your own. “Some animals are more equal to others” – where do you think that concept comes from?

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-28 22:49

    I bet that this poor swine does not get a chance to partner Shaik or Selebi on the Golf Course? I disagree with what he did, but he has served his sentence, unlike some of the Cadres.

  • Abdulcarrim Essa - 2012-09-29 01:15

    @shabir.ahmed . i disagree with you completely. who are you to say who must go to hell and who must not. thats not your job, thats the creators job. yes he commited a murder but the men is ill. have some compassion. if he has remorse in his heart god will forgive him. if majority of humanity had to be judged exactly according to they action , then the majority of us would be hell bound. no offence but as a muslim you should know better then making statements like that.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-09-29 01:32

    It is not our place to judge him. Ha has been in jail for almost 20 years. My thought is that he has diabetes, hence the gangrene. On compassionate grounds, as for Selebi, he should be released. Keeping him incarcerated merely shows how unequal the system is. Robert MacBride actually murdered people in the "struggle", while Darby Lewis did not - he merely provided the means to execute Chris Hani. Keeping him in jail serves no purpose.

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-29 05:49

    Let him out ! Let him out ! Selebi got his 'parole' poor 'sick' man... Shabir Schaik is getting the hang of his golf swing on his 'medical parole'.... what the hell, give that man a Bells !!!

  • andrew.whitaker.792 - 2012-09-29 07:36

    My brother was murdered 10 years ago, by a murderer denied TRC amnesty but then released on Presidential pardon. He is now serving 2 life sentences, but I am sure will never serve as long a Derby-Lewis has.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-29 07:44

    For some one 2 get medical parole at our correctional facilities he must b a prominent member of anc .all the parole board member r political appointée of anc if u killed one of their member the answer will b no.this is how we run our politics in sa no questions asked . Join anc when we arrest u will b release on médical parole :::ONE:::

  • grace.kandetu - 2012-09-29 08:02

    The comments on News24 are so predictable. I hope those of you with children, teach them to pick a side not based on race but on facts, despite your apparent failure to.

      bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-09-29 08:21

      Finally someone with some sense of normality from the masses of race haters.

  • Michael - 2012-09-29 10:18

    Clive D Lewis must be given the best medical-care and remain in prison, he robbed SOUTH AFRICANS a comrade, some crimes/murders must never be paddoned. His deeds nearly caused civil war.

  • miehleketo.ndlovu - 2012-09-29 11:35

    Chris Hani "The people's hero" is dead, both derby-lewis and Janusz Walus must rot in jail,otherwise they must bring the Hero back,,,basically they've been sentenced to death initially,what more now,he must just hold on for the next 6years,just 6 years left!!!!!!!

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-09-29 12:59

    For me as a Black South African I feel that Clive Derby Lewis must rot in Jail for denying us of an African Hope! However, in every war there are casualties and Chris like every other normal black person either directly or indirectly involved in the struggle was killed so that we can get our freedom! Holding a dying man in prison is \unconstitutional\ to say the least! Freedom Charter says \South Africa belongs to all\ and there are still many ppl roaming the street who necklaced ppl and some are still in parliament! Derby Lewis was merely a conspirator for a bigger league of some racist whites, after 18yrs of our hard fought democracy I believe he may be pardoned and released to die for his sins! Many people are still outside like the Wouter Bassons and the Joe Mamasela's even our own in the ANC who killed our own dear brothers! Even those who perpetrated economic crimes like the Tony Yengeni's, Schabir Schaik and even our state president whose charges were dropped mysteriously are still hailed as heroes! Holding Clive in prison just shows the \grudge\ justice we have! Comrade Chris whereever he is may look upon us a nation that doesn't want to move on! Parole doesn't mean forgiven sins but it is just a way of showing him that we blacks aren't that heartless! The Lockerby Bomber was released a man who killed more than 300 ppl in a plane near the border of Lybia! His sins will haunt him forever, like all of us and I also speak with due respect to the Hani's, just let the bustard be released! He will meet his maker soon...

  • hash.jadawat - 2012-09-29 15:49

    Let the man go home.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-29 17:40

    Are they afraid to release him in case he runs for president in the coming elections? He has the necessary qualifications ' SA style '.

  • boichoko.dichaba - 2012-09-30 10:27

    koos vander merweif you can tell me you don't know what lead them to bombing those churches and those women and children I will say you are arrogant and you will never change. my take on this is the can let the man lose on condition of his medical condition so that he can be with his family on his last days

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