Derby-Lewis parole conditions set

2015-06-05 17:19
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Johannesburg - Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha has decided not to contest Clive Derby-Lewis's medical parole and has set the conditions for his release as ordered by the High Court in Pretoria.

"These parole conditions have been set and communicated to the offender," his department said in a statement on Friday.

"It is important to note that the offender [Derby-Lewis] is currently in hospital, where he is receiving medical treatment."

The parole conditions were determined by the minister and the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board of the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre.

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

Masutha's decision would be communicated to Hani's wife, Limpho, and the SACP.

Details of the parole conditions would not be made public.

Last week, Judge Selby Baqwa overturned Justice Minister Michael Masutha's ruling to deny the ailing Derby-Lewis parole.

The 79-year-old is dying from lung cancer. The disease was detected last year while he was being treated after being stabbed in prison.

Delivering his judgement, Baqwa said he had found flaws in Masutha's review of Derby-Lewis's medical parole application.

This included Masutha's views that Derby-Lewis had not expressed remorse for his part in the murder of SA Communist Party leader, Chris 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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