Derby-Lewis denied medical parole

2013-04-07 21:37

Johannesburg - An application for the medical parole of convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis has been denied, according to a report on Sunday.

E-News Channel Africa reported that the medical advisory board had decided not to grant permission for Derby-Lewis, 77, to be released early on medical grounds. Chief deputy commissioner of correctional services James Smalberger told eNCA that Derby-Lewis had been informed of the board's decision.

He said he could not disclose medical details about the prisoner, but said Derby-Lewis could opt to re-apply.

In September last year, Beeld reported that Derby-Lewis's wife, Gaye, applied for her husband's medical parole.

Gaye said she would be applying for her husband's medical parole as he was suffering from cancer and from gangrene.

In 2011, he was also denied medical parole.

Derby-Lewis was sentenced to 25 years' in prison for his role in the killing of SA Communist Party general secretary Chris Hani in 1993.

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

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

  • Mishack Tintswalo Hlungwani - 2013-04-07 21:53

    Not a lot of u will like it, but they should free him like other political prisoners.

      Danie Theron - 2013-04-07 22:02

      Mishack, You give me hope for SA. The merits of Derby-Lewis' case aside, all I can say is when his case is placed next to that of Jackie Selebi and Schabir Shaik, then you are confronted with a very dark picture for a stable future in SA...

      Given Von Baloyi - 2013-04-07 22:10

      Let him rot in jail, he never told the truth as to who gave orders to kill Hani even better he should have been hanged

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-04-07 22:13

      Given, If they hang everybody who directly or indirectly caused someone's death then I agree!!

      Gary Guy - 2013-04-07 22:16

      @Given - unfortunately u don't understand the law. You don't need to have told the truth in your court case to qualify for medical parole. And since u mention it, u think Selebi and Shaik told the truth???

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-07 22:22

      , and Selebi never told us how many people were killed by the druggs his cronies peddled on his watch and with his consent I'm neutral on Darby, but why be blind to your leader's faults

      Mishack Tintswalo Hlungwani - 2013-04-07 23:13

      All i'm saying is, as a nation, black or white, red or green, we should all be treated with a law that has no colour. I'm black, but blacks r really corrupt and f**king up the country.

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-04-08 00:20

      Given have you ever heard the truth from scumbags Selebi and Schaik. No you will not. He is ill and 77 years old and done 18 years of his 25, so why not.

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-04-08 02:58

      You have a point, but as far as I'm concerned, anyone who kills for political reasons, deserves to stay in gaol for the rest of their natural lives. The killing of Hani was motivated by the desire to ignite a civil war. In any event Clive has not come clean - so what's the point of parole? Let's also compare apples with apples - Guys like Shaik are fraudsters, not killers.

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-08 06:48

      Lionell, if you, by your actions support and sustain someone that turns out tobea dictator and causes the deaths of thousands of people, are you not as guilty by implication? Well,think again if Shabier is so innocent

      Monique Naude - 2013-04-08 08:37

      I agree Mishack. If they could release Shabir Shaik who appears to be the picture of health, and Jackie Selebi, surely they can release Derby-Lewis. He has served 20 years now. The Facebook Rapist had his sentence shortened just last week... He also murdered a woman, pre-meditated murder and rape nogal...

      Monique Naude - 2013-04-08 08:38

      O sorry 18 years... Good enough seeing that he is a political prisoner...

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-04-07 21:54

    F’ing cANCer brothers can get away with everything. Aren't we all supposed to be “the same” and have the same rights under law. I say treat everyone the same as it should be but clearly this will never happen. I hope the liberals are taking note cause when the day comes, don’t expect to be treated like “equals”.

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-04-07 22:16

      Kagiso, But murderers (including farm murderers) already get away because the SA police force is too incompetent to catch criminals. And those that do get caught get pardoned by the president!!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-04-07 22:20

      @Kagiso Booi - You saying farm murders are politically motivated? You saying farm murders are by instruction of the cANCer?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-04-07 23:29

      @Kagiso Booi: So the cANCer brothers can toss a grenade in to a church, they can bomb women and children at Wimpy and they get nice jobs and streets named after them. They do as they please and get “medical parole” to play golf yet under the definition of medical parole it is clear there are double standards or should I say racial standards. I don’t say treat someone special because of friends or associations like the cANCer does, I’m just asking that everyone be treated the same. Then again you reference to "black rule" sais it all.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-04-07 23:46

      @Kagiso Booi - That we all know. The only thing that could have saved him is if he was "connected" to Zuma or paid him a big bribe but alas he doesn't have those options. P.S. Free country? You sure about that?

      Sheik Mohammad - 2013-04-08 00:45

      The ANC is not big enough. It's a case of do as I say and not as I do.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2013-04-07 21:54

    Haai!!!!!! He has been in prison for how long? Shabir was in prison for how long? Jackie Selebi was in prison for how long? I know the last 2 did not kill anyone, but if they had, the outcome would have been the same :-(

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-04-07 22:17

      SharonE, Well indirectly they did kill people. Every Rand begotten by corruption could have been better used to uplift the lives of SA people!! I.E. Build more hospitals and train doctors that save lives!!

      5ihl3 - 2013-04-07 22:20

      Uve answered yourself there. Fraudster and killer will never be equal in front of the law.

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-04-08 07:53

      @5ihl3: you mean black and white will never be equal in front of the law:

  • Sharon Rose Dube - 2013-04-07 21:56


  • Warren Carne - 2013-04-07 21:56

    Not that Derby Lewis is a saint,but Selebi

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-04-07 22:05

    Shabir and Selebi never killed so Clive must RIP in prison. He mst Rot in hell...

      Gary Guy - 2013-04-07 22:19

      This is a typical ANC mentality ... that stealing money from the state is not really that bad ... the "heck it is not like I killed anyone, I just stole money from the state!" The scary thing is that so many ANC supporters and members ACTUALLY believe that stealing state money is not such a big deal!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-04-07 23:31

      So how many people died of cold, hunger and infections that should have gotten better medical treatment and RDP houses with that money Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto?

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-04-08 03:00

      @wolfie: has Clive come out and admitted what he did?

      Koos van der Merwe - 2013-04-08 07:33

      @Lionel De Frontignac: Did Mandela, did Zuma? In fact Zuma blatantly refused to bare all at the TRC. Double standards? Just to keep things in perspective.

  • Sarah - 2013-04-07 22:05

    Only dying men like Schaik and Selebi get medical parole.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-07 23:21

      Dead men walking. And jolling. And playing golf.

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-04-08 00:31

      Schaik is battling to die. He and Selebi were serious cases but struggling to die.

  • Sefako Mokgalaka - 2013-04-07 22:07

    Rot in jail Derby-Lewis. You should have thought about your freedom before killing Hani.

      Raymond Lloyd - 2013-04-07 22:22

      Lets hope jub-jub never asks for medical parole ...he should have thought before killing innocent people .

  • Mark Pretorius - 2013-04-07 22:11

    A sick in indictment of a very corrupt system that our young have to grow up in. Black or white, its now become too much, South Africa is dying, only our youth can save us.

      Monique Naude - 2013-04-08 08:51

      Our youth can't save us if the government keeps dumbing them down...

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-07 22:11

    He should just accept his fate...his skin is the wrong colour so is his political affiliations...either way - he is an assessory to murder - he cannot expect any more!

  • Mark Pretorius - 2013-04-07 22:13

    A sick indictement of South African society. Hope our children can pick up the pieces and build a nation again.

  • Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-04-07 22:16

    This guy can rot in jail as far as I'm concerned . He almost caused a civil war in SA for goodness sake. For all of you people saying he should be granted parole, you all are just wishing we should go back to the apartheid you racists. And yet you're the same people saying that every single other murderer should rot in jail. Well I'm sorry, it doesn't work both ways, if you kill someone in cold blood and found guilty, you should rot in jail for the rest of your life no matter what your skin color is.

      Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-04-07 22:21

      Didn't I say every murderer convicted of killing someone in cold blood should rot in jail.

      Clinton Bowden - 2013-04-07 22:29

      Uh that applies to mcbride to then? And shabir schaik who took millions away from the poor. I wonder how many indirectly died through them? What about all the corrupt politicians that also stole from our hospitals and schools? whose dreams did they kill of potential doctors, nurses and what was once the finest medical institutions world wide

      Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-04-08 00:04

      Phillip Meyer, I have no words for you you rubbish.

      Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-04-08 06:33

      Mr meyerI am actually disgusted that I am seeing such a vile racist comment 18 YEARS INTO DEMOCRACY. How can you have so much hate towards black people? I am actually shocked. There is clearly no hope got you. As for you mr wolf, if you are so ignorant to see meyer's hate for black people , them there is no hope for you. You should both leave as you're both obstacles standing in the way of reconciliation.

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-04-08 07:58

      So Chris Hani, the Magoo Bar bombers, the Saint James Church bombers??

      Monique Naude - 2013-04-08 08:58

      Wow, Black B.E.E Diamond. Just a pity your words don't sparkle as much as your username... You are a racist for your racist comments, YOU RACIST. - How does that feel? Not nice being painted with the racist brush now, is it? What about the Facebook Rapist (and Murderer) who had his sentence shortened just last week after he brutally raped two women, and murdered one of them? He advertised on Facebook for models. And he did this!? Where were you last week when they reported on that? Or do you just have to spew racist comments on articles where white people are implicated? Just wondering...

  • Danie Gerber - 2013-04-07 22:24

    We must remember two very important things regarding this issue. Firstly this assassination was politically inspired and secondly in order to transform the nation we have to forgive and forget as the Bible instruct and preach! Many other people who who committed political motivated murders was released from prison. What makes Clive-Derby Lewis case different? We want to play the role of God to punish this poor man and we even say that we are Christians, but we contradict ourselves by doing wrong in the eyes of God. What is good for the goose, is good for the gander!

      Adepoju Mosebo - 2013-04-07 22:33

      @Danie, da bible is for Christians or whatever they call themselves. No law should be set on what the bible says!

      Danie Gerber - 2013-04-08 06:51

      Mosebo, I'm not going to waste my time and energy onto you! If you don't know about the elementary in life, you need serious help my brother. Maybe you must check the movie Passion of the Christ...hopefully it will broad your knowledge about our Savior and safe your soul brother.

      Monique Naude - 2013-04-08 09:04

      The Wimpy bombings were politically motivated, the St. James Church shootings were politically motivated. Let the man go free now. He is old and dying faster than Shaik could ever pretend to be dying.

  • Tshepo Sithale - 2013-04-07 22:27

    The racist must root in jail. He touched a wrong button.

      Monique Naude - 2013-04-08 09:05

      Root? Lol! You are racist too for calling him a racist, are you not? That makes me... Oh wait, a racist too, because I happen to be white? Grow up.

  • Tshepo Sithale - 2013-04-07 22:27

    The racist must root in jail. He touched a wrong button.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2013-04-07 22:28


  • Arp Liebenberg - 2013-04-07 22:36

    And who the hell aew you? Village idot!

  • Arp Liebenberg - 2013-04-07 22:38

    Rubish! Fool!

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-04-07 22:39

    derby-lewis is a killer and should be in jail and so should Robert McBride he is also a killer ,no excuses ,killers should be locked up

      Karabo Phetoane - 2013-04-07 23:00

      so is Bees,Scott Crossley

  • Richard Scully - 2013-04-07 22:40

    A freedom fighter is always persecuted

  • Zelda Dickson - 2013-04-07 22:50

    How come all the other murderes get off after a couple of months. The family are not even considered. They just either get off or never jailed because evidence suddenly disappears or there is a fire.

      Karabo Phetoane - 2013-04-07 23:06

      that question you must ask the white judges who are presiding in our courts.

      Hendrik Verwoerd - 2013-04-07 23:38

      what all murderers are you talking about,give us one example

  • Zelda Dickson - 2013-04-07 22:52

    What about that McBride. Same thing different day.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-07 23:56

    All animals are equal. Some more than others....

  • Sive Noncolela - 2013-04-08 00:25

    Jolly Good..enjoy prison Mr Derby-Lewis, we can no longer see our leader because of you!

      Morne Bronkhorst - 2013-04-08 02:27


  • Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-04-08 02:32

    Hw many times as ths sorry excuse of a human being applied for early release? Thy shud start running out of applies! Every year hs 4 ever appealing ! He must rot in jail!no medical parole 4 him, no parole period! Things like him cnt b in our society!

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  • Abraham - 2013-04-08 03:05

    HE must dig his own grave Like tsafendas

  • Lenkamu Trading - 2013-04-08 03:15

    Everytime someone commits a murder you read the comments, he or she should rot. Why is there so much hypocricy? A murderer is a murderer irespective of who or what they are and who they murdered. They should not be granted parole, they should all rot

  • Hansie Crook - 2013-04-08 03:22

    He killed SA's future president. Has he not killed Chris Hani we wouldn't be stuck with Zuma now.. He must rot in hell like all murderers should. No murderer should be allowed to roam the street..

  • davy.botha - 2013-04-08 03:27

    Face it this guy will never be released because as much as we want S.A. to move forward we are still stuck with past hatred. And our current leaders are making populase and self enriching decisions!

  • TP Tinyiko Mathebula - 2013-04-08 04:36

    Him being in jail is a favour he should have been killed

  • Nyika M Ndlovu - 2013-04-08 04:58

    Why is Lindiwe not asking for a commission of enquiry on this matter?

  • Colin Skelton - 2013-04-08 05:01

    Forget the colour and race, this guy and his partner in crime could have pushed us into civil war when we were so delicately balanced. If that had happened how would we view things now?

  • Joe Whiteman - 2013-04-08 05:08

    What about Robert Maggoo McBride?

  • Luthando Gulwa - 2013-04-08 05:20

    This guy almost pushed the whole country over the edge. Had Mandela not appealed for calm on national tv,things would had turned rather nasty. Jail is where you belong Clive

  • george.mabena.146 - 2013-04-08 05:28

    Me think we should blame apartheid,Verwoed must be turning in his grave. My arme baas is now going to vrot in die tronk.Surely Verwoed doesn't deserve the grave but hell. Sorry ne, clive.

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-04-08 05:32

    The double standards in the system are shocking but it can be expected from the pathetic parasites that control it.

  • Seun Mogotji - 2013-04-08 05:47

    I have no sympathy for the man, but considering how the terminally ill Schabir Shaik plays golf every day, this is completely unacceptable.

      Mzwandile Majola - 2013-04-08 07:30

      seun are you saying this killer must be released,what if Chris was your father man hayi suka!

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2013-04-08 06:03

    Guys start making sense before I start regarding those guys who commit farm murders as my heros.That man's actions nearly brought the country to its knees and have sympathy for him.

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-04-08 06:16

      Most of Clive's supporters are racist expats, so I wouldn't take them seriously -- they are in Australia and other havens for inbred types. I'm still failing to understand how they can compare a fraudster like Shaik to a political assassin who wanted to stir race hatred. Let's not forget that Psycho killer, Barend Strydom, who was granted amnesty after gunning down seven people simply because of the colour of their skin!

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2013-04-08 06:21

    @Leonel you've hit it on the horn with clear honesty,you can't compare a pick-pocketer to a killer.

  • Greg Page - 2013-04-08 06:49

    ja???? and what about oscar ?

  • Gerrit Goosen - 2013-04-08 06:55

    Surely if the system was consistent he would have been released a while ago.

      Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-04-08 07:33

      Doubt that, with the nature of the charges he's guilty of and the already reduced sentence it's fine as is.

  • Piwa Fihlela - 2013-04-08 07:03

    The bastard must remain in jail until National Party is voted back into government.loooooooooolz.

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-08 07:17

      That might just happen sooner than you think!

  • tom.hudson3 - 2013-04-08 07:05

    The guy is an idiot but surely he should be allowed parole now. The precedent has been set by releasing ANC connected criminals early.

  • ingwe - 2013-04-08 07:09

    While in no way supporting the crime committed I ask if medical parole is or should not depend entirely on the medical condition of the prisoner concerned! We appear to have dual standards one set for the connected and another for the rest! Oh and one for Clive Darby Lewis!

  • Mohaola Keke - 2013-04-08 07:11

    He is doing well on treatment so let him stay in jail until Jesus come on rescuing him

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-08 07:20

    He should change his name to Schabir Shaike.

  • Piwa Fihlela - 2013-04-08 07:26

    the government must be fair.they must allow this man 2 play golf as well.................INSIDE THE PRISON.

  • Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-04-08 07:29

    Is it really a situation of double standards by granting medical parole to someone guilty of fraud and denying medical parole to someone guilty of murder? Looking at the nature of the crimes/charges.

      Nettie Potgieter - 2013-04-08 08:01

      Derby-Lewis did not commit Murder! Selebi is the reason why there is so much crime in our contry by working with and turning a blind eye to organized crime. Dew to this fact more murders have taken place, he supplied gun for most of the murders in this country!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lazzy Ledwaba - 2013-04-08 07:32

    Given what we saw with sheik, McBride, selebi, whether granted parole or not I'm still worried by the legitimacy n credibility of the parole board! Its double standards! blame the board not the inmates..

      Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-04-08 07:35

      Murders don't deserve medical parole.

      Wally Wal - 2013-04-08 07:38

      I believe he is to white does it not make sense