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Derby-Lewis's wife applies for his parole

2012-09-28 14:19

Johannesburg - The wife of convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis has applied for his medical parole, according to a report on Friday.

Beeld newspaper reported that Derby-Lewis's lawyer Marius Coertze said that Gaye Derby-Lewis had applied for the medical parole and she would not discuss the application with the media.

The provincial department of correctional services was not immediately available for comment.

Last month Gaye Derby-Lewis said that she would file the papers for the application, as her husband was suffering from cancer and from gangrene in one leg.
Derby-Lewis, 76, was denied normal parole last year.

An MP of the apartheid-era Conservative Party, Derby-Lewis was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his part in the murder of SA Communist Party general secretary Chris Hani in 1993.

He arranged a firearm for hitman Janusz Walus, who is serving the same prison term.

Both were initially sentenced to death. This was commuted to life in prison after the abolition of the death penalty.

Comments
  • lownabester - 2012-09-28 14:28

    Just give him his parole, Hell hs no fury like the ANC, and what people dont want to admit is that Hani was with another woman the night before in a hotel, now his widow is his biggest fan.

      kegs.mccarthy - 2012-09-28 14:33

      They don't view adultery the same way we do so she will make the most of his death in order to stay on the gravy train.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-28 15:18

      Lownabester. Yes and we never hear anything about what Hani did to those he and Umkondo suspected of being traitors. No wonder the ANC was so quick to agree to Truth and Reconciliation. In open court their dirty laundry would have been there for everyone to see.

      adri.noble - 2012-09-28 19:25

      And you are a virgin.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-09-29 11:02

      Unlike Shake Shake and the other ANC cowards..it's pretty darn difficult to fake gangrene.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-28 14:33

    Lets see if S.A. is the free,fair and just society it claims to be,ot if medical parole only applies to cadres?

      nathi.farai - 2012-09-28 19:39

      they must actually let him out, he needs to be finished off, i think his having it easy, my tax money is used to take care of this trash...

      crab.spotter - 2012-09-29 09:27

      @Nathi the only trash that comes out here is from your vile mouth and mind. Revengeful cadre?

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-29 13:55

      @Nathi:You are a racist who is a detrement to this country!

  • lielie.smit - 2012-09-28 14:35

    Sorry, wrong surname, not a Shaik or a selebe.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-28 15:25

      Adri.noble, who did he kill?.

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-09-28 14:37

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander or do you only qualify if you belong to the ANC?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-28 15:15

    She's got a hope. Her husband has legitimate health worries, but unfortunatley he hasn't got the right colour. But I hope she gets it this time.

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-28 16:02

      All murderers should be given parole and the only criteria to be used is their skin colour. Release all white murderers

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-28 20:46

      His wife or anybody els have not yet applied for medical parole for him. Hope they will be susesfull.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-28 15:35

    I think the the guy deserve the parole if schabir, selebi, mdluli, bason and zuma are enjoy SA's sunny days. By the way every corner in our country is a s¥#*hole with criminals living lavita loca...we might just open the every prison. A country where you can't walk with a phone or withdraw money feeling safe especially GP and WC. SIC

  • sesom - 2012-09-28 15:59

    LET HIM GO ...HE WILL LEARN TO PLAY GOLF..

  • matthew.lanecki - 2012-09-28 16:10

    HAHAHAHAHA only ANC cadres get medical parole, u are just an ANC scapegoat

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-28 16:11

    So all those people who questioned why this bloke never got medical parole when schaik and that other kidney guy did, here's your answer - his wife never bothered applying till now! So all those racial comparisons drawn were totally out of touch with reality. If the application is now denied, then you lot can start jumping up and down and crying racism. Until then, let's give the authorities a fair shake, shall we?

      crab.spotter - 2012-09-29 09:34

      @Vernon, you don't get it, there is no fair play involved here, only the politics of the Dept of Correctional Services.

      SaintBruce - 2012-09-29 11:11

      Vernon - there are two aspects you have missed. 1) After a certain time served , parole is an automatic option and it is up to the parole board to decide fitness to be released. 2) His wife did apply long ago due to his illness but the 'cadres' opposed that based on their misunderstanding of how justice works - the Hani family and fans made a big noise and the Parole board denied his parole, even though he more than qualified due to his cancer. Just as I am against a murderer, the system in this country offered Clive Derby-Lewis an option - "tell us what we want to hear about a wider conspiracy in this matter [never proven] OR go to jail for Life [death penalty first]. He chose the second option so now, whether there ever was a wider conspiracy or not is irrelevant, the system must handle him like any other similarly sentenced prisoner. To fail to do that will demonstrate to the World that we are a totally racially aligned society which would mean all the efforts to create a vibrant 'Democracy', is just a big fat lie!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-29 13:56

      Venon: His wife has applied before! You are out of touch with REALITY!

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-28 16:42

    In this case, people have been blinded by hate and politics, and norms such as respect, forgiveness, love and compassion are lost in a maelstrom of hatred. He is an old man and no threat anymore! Release him!!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-29 09:49

      He's a murderer. Murderers belong behind bars.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-29 13:57

      Who did he murder???????????????????

  • angela.michaels.73 - 2012-09-28 17:42

    The reason he wasn't executed was because they abolished the death penalty. Frankly he should stay in jail. I don't see why he should be shown any mercy, he's a murderer, plain and simple. If the death penalty was brought back tomorrow could the State then reinstate his original sentence and rid us of the problem?

      sunnygerida - 2012-09-28 20:36

      Can you remember how many deaths Madiba was responsible for and he was released?! What's wrong with you?? Are you a racist???

      angela.michaels.73 - 2012-09-28 20:36

      If he'd been honest with the TRC he too would have been granted amnesty.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-29 10:01

      Robert McBride was released alongside Barend Witwolf Strydom after both men had made full disclosures to the TRC. Mandela committed no murders. He wasn't even charged with murder, let alone tried and convicted. To sheet the killings done by MK to a man locked away in a maximum-security jail would mean that the apartheid-era prison security was woefully and criminally slack. Either that, or people carried out their killings without his knowledge or approval. Then consider also that those MK bombings -- often including clear military targets like the SAAF recruitment office in Church Street -- were done precisely because the people who did so did not have the peaceful alternative of unseating the ruling regime at the ballot box. That was, in fact, the stated goal of the armed struggle. Derby-Lewis's murder was done by a man who DID have a peaceful, democratic alternative. And, after he had been convicted he maintained his dumb-insolent silence about his co-conspirators and he has refused to show the slightest contrition or remorse. He is, obviously, a sociopath.

      serena.johnston.7 - 2012-09-29 11:00

      @ BLIP HOODLUM Robert and Barend were released before the TRC. Church street was one example, what about all the Wimpy's that were blown up with innocent women and children!Not to mention the bombs thrown into churches! By the way Mandela knew exactley what was happening and he gave his approval for the armed struggle! This coming from a non SA citezen.

      george.outremer - 2012-09-29 22:14

      I have to wonder when reading the comments above when comparing the murder crimes of McBride and Strydom (targeted against indiscriminate civilians) against that of Walus (targeted against a specific politician). How do we balance the scales of justice - does the life of a politician carry a higher value when compared to an ordinary black or white civilian? Does the murder of an ordinary civilian deserve compassion and forgiveness, but that of a politician not? Do politics reign supreme over civilian issues (sic)?

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-28 17:58

    Good luck, he needs it.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-28 18:38

    @least he has had enough

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-28 18:44

    If Shaik could get medical parole, surely CLIVE D-L should also qualify, or do you have to fake your condition?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-29 10:03

      A second error will not fix the first error.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-28 18:53

    That one nearly caused a civil war,he should continue rotting in jail.

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-09-28 19:35

    He should Rot in jail.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-29 13:59

      So should Mc Bride and the rest of the cadres!

  • nathi.farai - 2012-09-28 19:35

    Derby Lewis in not going anywhere...he must rot there.... UHURU CONTINUA!!

      sunnygerida - 2012-09-29 06:14

      We are NOT afraid of your uhuru, bring it on! What people like you so easy forget is that we set Mandela free!

  • sunnygerida - 2012-09-28 20:18

    Mandela, Shabir etc was all released, why not him?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-29 10:03

      He is a murderer and they weren't.

      rudi.bank - 2012-09-29 13:48

      Mandela not a murderer? So all the people that was killed by the bombs he and his rubish friends planted doesn't matter? Mandela is no hero! He should be the one in jail!

      adam.gardener.12 - 2012-09-29 16:07

      rudi.bank -Agree with you 100%, the Nobel peace prize was awarded to a murderer.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-09-28 20:23

    In general murders, rapists and other felons are let out of jail so early yet this bloke can't buy his way out of prison. OK, so the view is he was not honest in his TRC submission to get amnesty, fine, but he's spent so much time in jail he should get parole based purely on the precedent shown to other felons. He'll never get parole though.... since we all know there are two sets of laws applying in South Africa.

  • charlotte.mckenzie - 2012-09-28 21:20

    I still cannot understand why he got such a harsh sentence. By South African standards he should have walked out of court a free man at the time of the trial. Is it perhaps because of WHO was killed that he has paid such a high price? How many South African farmer's killers have received such harsh sentences. The judicial system is certainly a one sided affair. Thank goodness I read about all of these inequalities from another country. My heart goes out to all those still facing oppression because of the colour of their skin. Funny how not a single utterance is heard in condemnation now that the tables have turned. Unless those in authority in South Africa genuinely find a way to stop all forms of racial discrimination South Africa is doomed to become just another African begging bowl. Sad but true.

  • nicholas.mfanawakhe - 2012-09-28 23:15

    He is a bloodly killer no no he don't deserve a parole he must rot in jail

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-29 06:50

    DL must claim tooth ache and he will soon join others at the golf course. It goes to show that in this crime capital of the world, you're allowed to kill anyone as long as its not a son of the ANC ...or so it seems.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-09-29 13:34

      Yep.. Look at Winnie...............

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-29 06:53

    Maybe so Nicholas.m but shouldn't the same law apply to all ? You right in saying that he's a bloody killer.......but so are others. What now ?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-29 10:12

      You can't fix error #1 by deliberately making error #2. And if one person gets away with a crime it does not mean that everyone must also be allowed to get away with it. Other right-wing whites were pardoned right alongside ANC cadres -- remember how McBride and Barend Strydom walked free on the same day?

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-29 07:38

    We'll be holding thumbs so you can enjoy your last few years... Just like Selebi and Shaik with their 'terminal conditions' !

  • samgaf - 2012-09-29 09:33

    if selebi and shake,and,and,... can walk free,why not him?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-29 10:12

      Neither Selebi nor Shaik killed anybody, that's why.

      serena.johnston.7 - 2012-09-29 11:34

      @BLIP they caused others to be killed, even if it cannot be proved!They were involed just like your beloved Mandela! Now go your spaza shop needs attention!!!!!!!!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-29 13:56

      Serena “they killed even though it cannot be proved!” Jislaaik woman! As Timone would have said to his buddy Pumba: “That's the stupidest think I've ever heard!” Bwahahahahahaha!

  • Andre - 2012-09-29 12:50

    We are all equal in SA, but some are more equal than others!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-09-29 13:38

    One thing is for sure. With gangrene in one leg as well as cancer he won't be playing golf like other parolees.

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-29 15:05

    Ja blip maar mens moet nie veralgemeen nie. Ondersoek die geval en kyk of hy reg is vir parool.

  • Nico Mpho Vilakazi - 2013-04-10 16:17

    LEWIS MUST JUST TELL THE THRUTH AND STOP PROTECTING HIS FRIENDS. THEN THE PAROLE CAN BE ISSUED

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