AS IT HAPPENED: De Kock granted parole, Derby-Lewis denied

2015-01-30 09:34

Justice Minister Michael Masutha says he has doubts about the authenticity of Clive Derby-Lewis's condition.


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30 Jan 12:35
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30 Jan 12:25

Dubbed "Prime Evil" by the media, Eugene De Kock has spent over two decades behind bars, following his arrest in 1994 and his conviction two years later in the North Gauteng High Court.

In 1997/98, De Kock's testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on activities at the farm Vlakplaas shocked South Africans with its graphic, and previously largely unknown, details of the kidnapping, torture and murder of anti-apartheid activists.

In a radio interview in 2007, De Kock responded to a statement by former president FW de Klerk - that he had a "clear conscience" regarding his time in office - claiming that South Africa's last white president had ordered political killings, and that his hands were "soaked in blood".

30 Jan 11:58
De Kock's friend tells eNCA that "he just wants a normal life. He's had such an abnormal existence. He just wants to be normal".

30 Jan 11:34
Minister Fikile Mbalula makes his feelings clear...

30 Jan 11:29
Derby-Lewis must show remorse - SACP

30 Jan 11:28
It's a relief for Hani's family, the SACP, the ANC and the entire liberation movement, says the SACP.

30 Jan 11:25
Clive Derby-Lewis, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the killing Chris Hani, has been denied medical once again.

30 Jan 11:22

30 Jan 11:14
Masutha on possibility that Derby-Lewis may die in prison: I'm not a medical practitioner... it's not my province to make an emotional decision.

30 Jan 11:09
Masutha says Derby-Lewis's own doctor found that he was improving.

30 Jan 11:08
To be clear, this formed part of the minister's reasoning: Masutha - "Malignant cancer stage 4" is minimum requirement for consideration for medical parole. He is on stage 3.

30 Jan 11:07
Masutha on Derby Lewis pseudonym matter: "The whole story is so confusing and very suspect."

30 Jan 11:04
Masutha says he can only work with what is before him, what is on fil.

30 Jan 11:03
Masutha also says he isn't satisfied that Derby-Lewis has shown remorse for his actions.

30 Jan 11:00
Masutha: Clive Derby-Lewis has been DENIED parole.

30 Jan 10:59
Masutha says the name on the pathologist report isn't the name of Derby-Lewis.

30 Jan 10:59
Minister questioning authenticity of Derby-Lewis medical samples.

30 Jan 10:58
Nothing to suggest that Derby-Lewis's condition renders him incapacitated. - MM

30 Jan 10:57
Masutha says the Act requires medical parole for inmates with cancer stage 4. Derby-Lewis has cancer stage 3.

30 Jan 10:55
MM explains what the law says, when someone can be placed on medical parole.

30 Jan 10:54
MM: I've considered Derby-Lewis's application.

30 Jan 10:53
MM details Derby-Lewis's condition - has stage 3 lung cancer.

30 Jan 10:52
Date of De Kock's release from prison won't be revealed.

30 Jan 10:51
MM now deals with Derby-Lewis.

30 Jan 10:51
Parole granted for Eugene de Kock

30 Jan 10:50
MM on Eugene de Kock: noted various positive reports, progress he has made.

30 Jan 10:50
MM says he needs more time to consider parole of Barnard.

30 Jan 10:49
No decision made on Barnard's parole - MM

30 Jan 10:48
MM required to make decision on parole for Barnard by 31 January 2015. "In terms of court order, I could only make decision on Barnard parole once I got parole board recommendation."

30 Jan 10:46
MM recalls Barnard's sentence of two life terms.

30 Jan 10:45
The Constitution has guided my decision.

30 Jan 10:45
MM speaks slowly and carefully. He also thanks Zuma for his support over the past few months since the minister's appointment.

30 Jan 10:44
MM: these matters have attracted a lot of interested because of the severe impact of their crimes.

30 Jan 10:44
MM confirms he will announce parole decisions on Barnard, Derby-Lewis and De Kock.

30 Jan 10:43
Masutha (MM) starts announcement.

30 Jan 10:43
Spokesperson starting the media conference.

30 Jan 10:42
Minister Michael Masutha has arrived for the announcement.

30 Jan 10:31
It looks as if Minister Masutha has arrived in the media room.

30 Jan 10:26
Masutha's spokesperson is here, minister should be here any minute, he says. 

30 Jan 10:26
Members of the media are still waiting...

30 Jan 10:22
Limpho Hani, the wife of the former SACP leader, is opposed to parole for Derby-Lewis. 

30 Jan 10:17

30 Jan 09:46

The FF Plus reckons that Derby-Lewis should get parole due to the seriousness of his illness.

"As in the case of Jackie Selebi who was offered the opportunity to die in peace surrounded by his own people, this last act of mercy should be awarded to any prisoner who is dying, regardless of who he is or the seriousness of his crime," FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder said in a statement on Tuesday.

"It should be kept in mind that it isn't ordinary parole that is being considered here which would ordinarily be influenced by the family of the victim or other factors."

But the Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA), who was against Derby-Lewis's release, said reports that medical parole had been recommended were "ill-informed".

"The YCLSA condemns in the strongest terms the attempts to run a public campaign by both Gaye Derby-Lewis and an ill-informed section of the media on the basis of perceived leaked recommendations of the medical parole board," spokesperson Khaya Xaba said in a statement.

30 Jan 09:37

30 Jan 09:37

The media room at GCIS in Pretoria is packed out ahead of Masutha's announcement.

De Kock is serving 2 life sentences for 6 murders plus 212 years for other crimes - he turned 66 on Thursday.

Derby-Lewis has terminal lung cancer and Barnard was given two life sentences plus a further 63 years in jail.

30 Jan 09:35

Justice Minister Michael Masutha will reveal on Friday whether Chris Hani killer Clive Derby-Lewis, Vlakplaas commander Eugene de Kock and former apartheid-era CCB agent Ferdi Barnard will be released on parole.

Earlier on Tuesday, Derby-Lewis's wife Gaye said the medical parole board had recommended he be released.

"I do not know how to feel. It has happened four times before and each time it was blocked by the government. I do not know if the minister is going to release him," she said.

De Kock was denied parole in July last year, despite being eligible after spending 20 years behind bars. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said at the time that although he had "made progress" towards rehabilitation, the families of his victims had not been properly consulted.

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