Derby-Lewis to challenge parole decision

2011-08-26 22:50

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Clive Derby-Lewis plans to challenge the department of correctional services on its decision not to grant him parole, his lawyer Marius Coertze said on Friday.

"We will draft court papers next week and then we will lodge a new application to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria," Coertze said.

The department said earlier that Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had announced that parole had been denied to Janus Walusz, the co-accused in the murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani.

This was because the Hani family had not been consulted and this had to be dealt with first.

Ministry spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga said the ministry would not be commenting on Derby-Lewis' parole application after SAfm reported that his application had been turned down.

However, Coertze said that Derby-Lewis had been told that his parole was not granted but he could reapply in 2013.

Derby-Lewis and Polish immigrant Walusz are serving life sentences for the murder of Hani in 1993, the year before the country's first democratic elections.

Coertze said Derby-Lewis was still unwell. He was treated for prostate cancer and skin cancer in January.

His supporters have compared his parole application to that of President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was released on parole following a corruption conviction on the grounds that he had a terminal illness.

Derby-Lewis was convicted of conspiracy to murder and was initially sentenced to death for his role in Hani's assassination, but this was changed to life imprisonment when the death penalty was outlawed in 1995.

He confessed to his role in the assassination to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but was not granted amnesty.

The Freedom Front Plus said Derby-Lewis was being discriminated against and that the department was being inconsistent with the granting of parole.

  • Freeworld - 2011-08-26 23:47

    we will stand together.. brotherhood

  • brinjal - 2011-08-26 23:48

    "This was because the Hani family had not been consulted and this had to be dealt with first." I am no supporter of this racist killer BUT, our family was NOT consulted when my brother-in-laws' murderer was granted parole!!!!

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-27 09:55

      sorry to hear about yo family's loss to crime. sometimes things do not get done consistently, and that is bad regardless of who is the victim or pepetrator. Good and fair comment.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-27 00:36

    Thank you Clive Derby-Lewis for ridding the world of the Chris Hani scum.

  • pig - 2011-08-27 06:21

    You got the wrong skin color mate!!

  • PainPunisher - 2011-08-27 08:06

    Wow, when reading something about rape, farm murders and house breakings etc. People would say 'let him rot in jail', 'feed him to the lions' etc. And now? Things seems to have changed, the man should have been dead ay now. Besides, he's too old now, what purpose would he serve out side.

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-27 09:49

      he wont serve a purpose at all, hence he must stay in there till his meeting with Jesus comes. at least he is getting something by being there, away from crime, getting free meals and health services.

  • blanco_pta - 2011-08-27 09:44

    Losing Lewis, keep yoself locked up in there broer, it’s a best place for people like u. Shut up yo big mouth and study the ceilings and the steel bars. When u come out in about 40 years time, u will make a good engineer, that’s if u still alive.

  • Janine - 2011-08-27 10:16

    I have no problem with Derby-Lewis staying in prison. What I do have a problem with is the fact that Shaik was let out on medical grounds; that set a precedent. If you are going to let people out on medical grounds then you need to be consistent about applying the ruling. Answer - put Shaik back in jail.

  • Nawe - 2011-08-27 11:12

    We need to set a good example abt how we deal with murderers in this country. Rot in Jail Scumbag!

  • Avner - 2011-08-27 21:15 -This is a video clip, appealing for amnesty for both Janusz Walos and Clive Derby-Lewis, as well as other political prisoners in South Africa, and for South Africa to become more mature and recnciling.

  • Jou - 2011-09-15 07:26

    He's WHITE .... big problem!

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