FF Plus demands parole for Derby-Lewis

2011-02-28 16:36

Cape Town - The Freedom Front Plus said on Monday the State's failure to release Clive Derby-Lewis on medical parole, as it did with Schabir Shaik, was a severe case of double standards that undermined the government's credibility.

"While Schabir Shaik plays golf while on medical parole, Clive Derby-Lewis is receiving chemotherapy for serious prostate cancer," FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder said in a statement.

"According to correctional services, Derby-Lewis apparently does not qualify for similar medical parole. No logical or legal explanation exists for these double standards.

"These double standards seriously affect the credibility of the department of correctional services and the relevant ANC ministers."

Mulder said it appeared that the authorities were dragging their feet in processing Derby-Lewis's latest application for medical parole.

"Clive Derby-Lewis is at present 75-years-old and his life expectancy is less than 24 months if the cancer is not effectively fought off by the chemotherapy. He qualifies according to all guidelines for medical and normal parole.

"He should have been granted parole in October of 2008 already, on the basis of his age and according to recommendations of his parole board.

"The process was sunk numerous times by politicians. It appears as if his new application for medical parole is also calculatingly being held up."

Derby-Lewis, a former Conservative Party MP, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, the general secretary of the SA Communist Party and the leader of the ANC's military wing.

The decision to release Shaik, President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, on medical parole after he served only two years of a 15-year jail term for fraud linked to the arms deal continues to cause controversy.

Political parties urged the ministry of correctional services to review his parole conditions on Sunday after he allegedly hit a journalist from the Sunday Tribune when she tried to approach him while he was playing golf at the weekend.

  • abandonedbluehondanw2 - 2011-02-28 16:49

    I agree.

      jouplesier - 2011-02-28 22:06

      what a spit in the face of the once proud Boer nation....we have no dignity left; our patriots rot in jail whilst we just sit blissfully accepting anything that comes our way....what would your forefathers say if they could see what you do to your fellow countrymen today; they gave their lives for this country, for this land and for our future generations to live in peace yet we do nothing but accept it when their names are being erased from history; when their grandchildren (today's farmers) are being tortured & murdered; when we are OPENLY being discriminated against...-there is nowhere left to have a Great Trek to! be fair for a change; stop the rape

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-02-28 16:57

    One is a murderer, the other is a fraudster. I'd only call it double standards if the crimes were similar.

      ProudofPink - 2011-02-28 17:00

      Derby Lewis never pulled the trigger. Don't call him a murderer.

      jakkals - 2011-02-28 17:07

      fact is, both were convicted of a crime. Both are supposedly terminal. While Derby Lewis is basically dying, Shaik is playing golf, probably stirring up another scam or deal. I can't see an old dying man committing any other crime in that state, except being afforded the chance to live the remainder of his life with some loved ones. Surely he has already payed for his sins, now afford him the chance to say his good byes.

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-02-28 21:41

      This are 2 diferrent case, that Derby something orchestrated a murder, he must rot in jail, as for FF the less said about them the better.

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-02-28 21:43

      @Jakkals why allow him an opportunity to spend the remainder of his life with his loved ones, where as he robbed the Hani family such opportunity??

      Worldwise - 2011-02-28 22:36

      What about the victims of Chris Hanis' murders? The ones that took place in the ANC's Quatro detention camp in Angola in 1984 when 90% of the ANC's MK army mutinied. Even the Angolans were disgusted by Chris Hanis' double cross when he told the mutinying soldiers that nothing would happen to them if they lay down their arms. A part of history that the ANC doesn't want you to know.

      tshepotheterminator - 2011-02-28 23:06

      let derby lewis go home he is ALREADY dead.... let him be the old man is finished,,,let man go once and for all.... we all deserve a second chace,,,this is your second chance boy

      Iann Leonards Pitout - 2011-03-01 06:09

      I agree, you cant compare the two...but then you feel that he is dying in any case...but then again, what about the families lives he destroyed...mmmm, difficult one

      Felix - 2011-03-01 08:21

      tshepotheterminator, wow it aint like you to get all sentimental.

  • ProudofPink - 2011-02-28 16:58

    I agree. Derby-Lewis should have been out long ago. It's an absolute disgrace that he's still locked up while the likes of Shaik roam around freely. Wrong skin colour. Wrong connections. DISGUSTING! So long as the ANC behave in this way, they can kiss the concept of 'Rainbow Nation' goodbye.

      ProudofPink - 2011-02-28 17:01

      .... while the likes of Shaik and Zooomer roam around freely!

  • Smindlo - 2011-02-28 17:04

    according to the SA constitution, one has to be released on good behaviour if they have served at least 17 years of the mandatory life sentence(25 years) for murder. Derby-Lewis has served more than 17 years, yet the ANC government still does not want to release him. the guy is over 70 and there is no way he is danger to society. hypocrites these ANC magoots are!! I am no DP fan, but Law must be appied fairly to all.

      burtfred - 2011-02-28 17:43

      @ Smindlo No DP fan? Huh? What is the DP and how are they/it involved in this? What or who are you talking about?

      Great White - 2011-02-28 19:09

      I agree with you Smindlo. Without bringing race, religeon or political affiliation into , the facts remain unequivocal. The man is on his last legs. Let him go home to die. The spiteful actions of the powers that be, cast doubt on whether they have relinquished 'struggle politics'. Why can't they instead act in a politically adult fashion and be magnanimous in their decision making, instead of pandering to the uneducated savages that ensure they are kept in power. Tragic.

      Dave - 2011-02-28 19:20

      Its difficult to take the emotion out of both of this cases, but the only thing that should be guiding us is what the law states. Personally I dont believe Lewis should be released, and personally, Shabir should be locked up in Westville prison for his sentence, and not a private ward at St Augustines, and definitely not where he is now. Bottom line herre is that the governemnt is making an ass of the law

      Great White - 2011-02-28 20:04

      Dave, emotion aside, there are rules governing incarceration and the ANC are thumbing their noses ot it. Clive is legally eligible for parole, so are they trying to score political points with the voters by allowing him to die in prison. If you have made the decision to hang him, then do so. if you commute the sentence, then play by the rules. Why release some clowns like the Wit Wolf, Shabeir Sheik and Bomber McBride, but ignore the plight of other, more deserving prisoners. Double standards remains the key criticism here.

      Dave - 2011-02-28 20:27

      @Great White, agreed as I said, they are manipulating the law, that was clear right from the start of Shabir, and clearly now with Lewis

  • Abram Juice Ndlovu - 2011-02-28 17:05

    Its not just about Shabir Shaik, there are many other cases that we can refer to. The thing about the Chris Hani case though, is that the ANC knows just more about the story than what meets the eyes. Perhaps there is fear within the party that Derby-Lewis might spill certain beans when he gets outside. I'm just saying.

      Paul Mandla Nkosi - 2011-02-28 20:49

      That's rubbish why doesn't spill the beans now for heaven's sake?

  • John Says - 2011-02-28 17:09

    Clive Derby-Lewis planned and supported a premeditated murder at a time when South Africa's stability was on a knife's edge. Schabir Shaik committed fraud. I would recommend that Derby-Lewis should never be given parole. It is ludicrous to compare the two convicted persons.

      Thingamebob - 2011-02-28 17:29

      I agree, life is life. You murder or help plan a murder, in the old days, you were hang. he is a murderer

      Blikskottel - 2011-02-28 17:36

      ..and Mandela planned several bombings in which many inoocents were what did you write???

      CAROLAM - 2011-02-28 17:38

      You are an arrogant and stupid and disregard the law. You are dangerous individual.. The lay SAYS he should be released. He is being kept in prison by black racist that cannot see that Hani's death saved this country from a terrible fate. Hani was a violent and racist communist who may well have been president.

      Andre - 2011-02-28 18:05

      @John Says:- Are one sin less then the other???

      Great White - 2011-02-28 19:19

      John, in a first world country your comment may hold water, but in deepest darkest South Africa, quite the opposite applies. The Magoo's Bar bomber not only was released, but went on to fill a key post. His subsequent antics are current history. By the way, his crime was not fraud. The same applies to Winnie and a string of other guilty ANC cadres. Get real my friend, or find a country where you don't have to don rose coloured spectacles.

      Great White - 2011-02-28 19:25

      Oh, by the way, Nelson Mandela was incarserated by a credible legal system of high treason. I take it you were also opposed to his well documented release, on humaniterian grounds .

  • Hulisani Xwi - 2011-02-28 17:12

    There are many people, some of whom have since died in prison, who were denied medical parole. So Lewis' case is not exclusive - except of course that FF Plus serves very few white elites and would not comment when a black men and women, coloureds, chinese and indians are denied the very opportunity. Be prudent and voice your concerns with an inclusive study fpr people of colour like Lewis and Setholes who have been denied the same right you want Lewis and Lewis alone to be granted.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-28 17:21

      Your argument would have been excellent if it didn't have such a racist undertone! I agree ALL really terminally ill prisoners should be released forthwith! Shaik is out playing golf and living the good life while thousands of prisoners are dying in prison. Makes me sick!

      Mundu - 2011-02-28 17:27

      The point is....justice in SA is not applied equally and if you are an ANC elite the law does not apply to you at all.

      Blikskottel - 2011-02-28 17:35

      Why should they? This is a clear comparison, not clouded by other cases with lots of bagge that cannot form part of the argument.

      CAROLAM - 2011-02-28 17:44

      "except of course that FF Plus serves very few white elites." Here your naked racism and barbarity shows through. So what if FF+ serves the interest of elites and whites. They have the right to do so. It is constitutionally legal. Are there really people in SA that are still so racist and filled with hate you piece of dog

      euro-african - 2011-02-28 22:02

      Your response is heavily biased and racist. Does the Black management forum not support the interests of the black elite? Is its president dimwit manyi not a racist? There are racist in every culture, including yours. The FF+ I feel are more worried that Shaik can walk freely because he is politically connected, then derby-lewis. Personally I feel they should both still be in prison. Medical parole should only be given to those who are bed-ridden and hauled out on a stretcher with days to live.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-02-28 17:34

    The FF+ have agood case here and should take it to the courts.

  • napsayson - 2011-02-28 17:39

    Release the man and let him enjoy whatever life he has left.

  • Chibuli - 2011-02-28 17:41

    I do not condone murder. However, racism is a worse crime, and this is a blatant display of racism by the government - which is not very intelligent given the upcoming municipal election. Why was Shabby Shaik let out, but not Derby-Lewis? Justify that (intelligently, if you can), you ANC supporters! Let's see if you can offer a non-racist explanation!

  • Bianca - 2011-02-28 17:41

    To be a fraudster and to be a murder is quite different from each other. Then the very FF+ will say government should do something and yet they want cold-blooded killers on the street. That is the double standard I am seeing.

      Dr Filemon - 2011-02-28 17:59

      Corruption is killing our moral society daily whixh in the long term is worse than 1 of the many politically motivated murders at the time in its isolated case.

  • Denise - 2011-02-28 17:47

    Many of the cabinet and ANC senior membership have taken lives. It does not matter what name you put to it, they murdered. They walk free. I think back to Robert Mc Bride and all those innocent youngsters who were killed at Magoos in Durban in the name of M.K. He was rewarded for his deeds and rose to fill the shoes of "Top Metro Cop" in Ekurhuleni. After he was released from prison for those murders, he was jailed in Maputo for gun running once the ANC was in power. He always will be a common criminal in my eyes. If you took life, you are a murderer. Clive Derby-Lewis was found guilty of collaboration in the murder of Chris Hani. Chris Hani was proud of achievements in the name of the M.K. Another case of double standards.

  • Kaizo - 2011-02-28 18:00

    Definitely double standards. They should release Derby-Lewis or shove Shaik back in prison immediately to start serving his 15 yrs. The ANC is wrecking our justice system with all their nonsense.

  • HAggardGnome - 2011-02-28 18:03

    Bollocks! Let him stay just where he is! The two of them nearly plunged the country into civil war. Besides which, Shaik should not have been released, but just because he was does not justify releasing other scumbags!

      Felix - 2011-03-01 08:47

      Let him have visitation rights to say good bye to family/friends and chuck Shaik back in too!

  • LuCypher - 2011-02-28 18:06

    "a severe case of double standards that undermined the government's credibility" What credibility? They have absolutely no such status with anyone.

  • Hugh - 2011-02-28 18:14

    I wonder if the Dawani murder suspect can use the political interferance in this case to show that justice can be swayed.

  • Dirk - 2011-02-28 18:25

    The hypocrisy of democracy.

  • Cyril - 2011-02-28 18:29

    We used to get Medals for killing Communists. Now you don't even get parole. How outrageously FUKKED UP!!!

  • Cyril - 2011-02-28 18:34

    Do research on the people in Parliament. Over 605 HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS AND THEY GET VOTED IN EVERY YEAR. What does that say about the People of SA??

      Mike Hoxbig - 2011-02-28 21:16 - use it and stop falling for BS forwarded emails.

  • - 2011-02-28 18:38

    I must admit... I am not an ANC supporter. I would rather put my cross next to the FF+ on the voting paper. FF+ does actually promote the death sentence and it makes me wonder... According to the law, Derby Lewis is just as guilty as Mandela for killing people. So the same for Hani... But now things has changed... The ANC do not support the death penalty as it would send a HUGE number of the NOW government to the grave. If you touch any ANC Elite you are doomed... The other day two policemen were suspended because they stopped Winnie. (Just for interest sake...) The black policeman was an ANC supporter... In the next election will he still vote for those that is so incredibility unfair? How much will it take for South Africa will wake up and stop believing the MOST corrupt government South Africa has ever seen?

  • RSA - 2011-02-28 18:41

    @ John Says, I only read the article now, but I am sure there are many people thinking like you. Remember in his time back then he was a freedom fighter and fought for the protection and freedom of his people just like the McBride’s of this world who killed innocent people who had nothing to do with war or being solders, his was led off the hook and given a top government possession. Furthermore Derby-Lewis was involved with the killing of a soldier, not innocent people as what many of our high ranking ANC HERO’S were.

  • a.bryanh - 2011-02-28 19:12

    The question is...why wont they release Mr.Derby Lewis?he appears to have been a scapegoat,who benefited from hani's death?it is in your face,a number of senior anc members including zuma visited derby lewis in prison,all without comment,mmmm.

  • sqawkme - 2011-02-28 21:46

    All this in the name of reconcilliation? Ha.Ha. Ha. This just makes me look down more on them as an uncultured, unethical beings. Unable to shake off the past and lift themselves up... O' sorry! THE WORLD OWES THEM.

  • No Body - 2011-02-28 22:22

    Long live Derby-Lewis.

  • No Way! - 2011-03-01 08:07

    What about Winnie and the brutal killing of Stompie. Why is she not in jail serving time?. Let's see ... oh, that's right she is part of the ANC. I REST MY CASE!!!!

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-03-01 09:28

    Parole is only reserved for the political connected. How many black men also sit in prison year after year waiting for parole that should have been granted years ago.

  • george.zaba - 2011-03-01 12:49

    jouplesier there is nowhere left to have a Great Trek to! Liar trek back to holland they are waiting for you your, great grand fathers. White nation in africa, hell no. last time I checked you come from Europe or any better part of of your little cold Islands. ship over, If you do not agree with our laws, this is a legit government we do do not need advice on how to run our judiciary process. - 14 hours ago Report comment what a spit in the face of the once proud Boer nation....we have no dignity left; our patriots rot in jail whilst we just sit blissfully accepting anything that comes our way....what would your forefathers say if they could see what you do to your fellow countrymen today; they gave their lives for this country, for this land and for our future generations to live in peace yet we do nothing but accept it when their names are being erased from history; when their grandchildren (today's farmers) are being tortured & murdered; when we are OPENLY being discriminated against...-there is nowhere left to have a Great Trek to!

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