Derby-Lewis wins against police minister

2012-08-04 14:11

Johannesburg - Gaye Derby-Lewis won her R1.3 m lawsuit against the police ministry, the Saturday Star reported.

Derby-Lewis was arrested for possession of illegal firearms and ammunition but was acquitted of all charges in 2003.

She is the wife of Clive Dery-Lewis who was convicted for his role in the assassination of SACP leader Chris Hani.

"I feel okay, I'm happy. They [police] do this often to many people. I'm just glad that justice has been served," she told the newspaper.

In her court papers, filed in the High Court in Pretoria, Derby-Lewis detailed how up to 15 police officers raided her home in Waterkloof Ridge on the day of her arrest.

She accused police of illegally entering her premises by jumping over the wall, kicking her door and bending her gate.

Police also damaged her African art.

She claimed over R10 450 for damages police caused at her home.

Derby-Lewis said she was told by Captain Maluleke that officials were looking for fugitives and the rifles belonged to her husband and son.

Acting Judge Andries Bason said Maluleke and his team acted without reasonable or probable cause.

Bason ordered the state to pay Derby-Lewis and her costs, the Saturday Star reported.

Zweli Mnisi, police ministry spokesperson said the SA Police Service respected the judicial system and their legal team would study the ruling.

  • eugene.delange.12 - 2012-08-04 16:19

    Mnisi....if you respect the system, don't study the judgement, pay the money without delay.

  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-04 16:38

    Eish guys, cant we look at things and interpret without bringing in the race thing? Why do u always remind each other that this country has people called Blacks, and others Whites?

      ditoare.gypsy - 2012-08-04 20:35

      Dikotsi 99,99 of people believe in words life \FORCE\ power, competition etc, you belong in that 00,01 of inocent souls, and you know what heppan to hornest people Dikotsi? They die. People are scared to die that's why they choose to be mad. I'm not discouraging you but keep praying till this world is open minded like u

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-04 21:17

      Am I missing something here! I don't see anything about a race issue in this report?

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-08-04 23:12

      @bob.small Me too, the only people so far bringing up race are Dikotsi & Kenny denouncing racial interpretation.

  • wessel.jordaan.3 - 2012-08-04 20:44

    Dikotsi don't know if you are naive or 'playing' at is what it is my brother 'blacks and whites' and no pseudo-psycological lip service analysis will change that FACT! I see it as follow; there are WHITE 'tools' and there are BLACK 'tools' in our rainbow is soooo tiring lets all just give it a rest...especially with the SHARKS playing such cr.p rugby today!

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