Protector looking into Derby-Lewis parole

2011-11-09 07:34

Johannesburg - The office of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela confirmed she was looking into the medical parole matter of convicted murderer Clive Derby-Lewis, SABC news reported on Tuesday night.

"We are treating it as an early resolution matter. The way we deal with matters here is that I can use my investigative or dispute resolution powers," Madonsela was quoted as saying.

Derby-Lewis, 75, has served 18 years of his 25 years sentence. He and Yanusz Walus were convicted for the 1993 murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani.

Derby-Lewis has twice been denied ordinary parole in the past.

According to the broadcaster, his lawyer said he was being treated for prostate and skin cancer, and would be eligible for parole again in two years time.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was reported to have not received the medical parole application of Derby-Lewis.

  • Nyiks11 - 2011-11-09 07:55

    Put on your walking shoes Clive Derby-Lewis , you are going to need them . Just don't expect the justice minister to tie up your shoe laces like you know who

      Nyiks11 - 2011-11-09 08:55

      Me thinks she is not , for a long time Clive Derby-Lewis' parole eligibility has been at the mercy of the SACP and the Hani family and correctional services do not want to upset these two groupings . I am not implying that CDL is eligible for parole but leave Thuli to do her job and exceed our expectations were necessary

      jonathancfarrell - 2011-11-09 09:20

      I am loving Thuli Madonsela! This woman is AWESOME!!!

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-11-09 07:59

    Whoa! He didn't show remorse, he never fully disclosed what happened so that the family could get closure and he never went to the TRC. I feel sorry for the man... sure - but under these circumstances - should clemency be shown when he showed none to the family? And please people - don't go and make this another black and white issue - this is about the rules of parole - go and read up on it. Just because you are sick or have been in jail for a number of years - it doesn't mean that you are automatically eligible for parole.

      Andre - 2011-11-09 08:07

      ....niether did the Mugoo bomber!... and he went on to be a FRAUDSTER!

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2011-11-09 08:11

      oh like shaik ???

      Herman - 2011-11-09 08:26

      Sorry Lyndatjie....this will always be a white/black thing. And, why should he not get parole but shaik does?

      Bryan - 2011-11-09 08:34

      Speaking of the Magoo's bar bomber, aka Mcbride the pig..! He killed about 6 people if I'm not mistaken and went on to become chief of police! Derby-Lewis should get parole. He fought for the cause that he believed in..., but wait.., he is white..., therefore the rules are different! Hipocrasy is alive and well I say..!!!

      Pieter - 2011-11-09 09:07

      Lindatjie, I suppose you see Mandela as your hero. Before you make comments like this again, ponder on the fact that he is a convicted terrorist, that should also rot in jail, together with most of the parliament of post 94.

  • Arthur - 2011-11-09 08:04

    All political prisoners should be released immediately. Think about it Mandela was released after all and also he comrades who most of them demonstrated they are thieves and fraudsters. So what's the problem?????

  • George - 2011-11-09 08:06

    Thuli Madonsela is getting out of order. What really is her mandate when she seems to be everything to everyone these nower days. What is the role of the police, courts etc. Not long all murderers in the country will appeal to her office. She seems to be some sort of a prima donna seeking attention. She is getting more instrusive due to Zuma's weakness. Most of the things she investigated were already out in the open and due to Zuma's weakness nothing was done.

      Arthur - 2011-11-09 08:28

      You go Thuli, you go girl. She is the only one that can put politicians in their place. You go girl

      Lerato - 2011-11-09 08:28

      I think the ROLE you're looking for is "Public Protector"...!!!

      Sidima - 2011-11-09 08:59

      Let the old man go and die at his home. He is frail and dying with cancer for goodness sake. He wont suddenly heal. Even if he does, time is aganst him. just let him free. He is already a prisoner of Cancer and that is the worst sentence ever.

      makesuthink - 2011-11-09 09:14

      George The way you talk reminds me of whenever I call your name out loud (talking to the porcelain telephone) you evidently do not like her reveiling all the corruption that your bruddas and sistas are doing

  • roboman1 - 2011-11-09 08:08

    Let him rot in jail, and while you about it Ms. Public Protector, investigate Shaik and send him back to rot with Derby Lewis!

  • Afrikopite - 2011-11-09 08:18

    Shaik vs Derby, Shaik in Derby out. Justice has been done well almost on Derby but Shaik, there is a shower in his bedroom.

  • Andre - 2011-11-09 08:19

    .. Mandela and Co paved the path!.. Thuli, do what is correct and do not allow political interference (FROM ANY PARTY) look at the facts and formulate a decision acceptable in light of ALL circumstances before and after 1994!... A crime has been committed BUT so also was the Mugoo bombing and HE is free!

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 09:08

      Yes, and send Barend Strydom and Mcbride back to jail as well, never mind the colour, send all these murderers back to jail, including the people who kill farmers. (May as well send Malema to jail for incitement as well) Let us clean up this country, black and white, stand together and rid the place of murderers. (Maybe the death penalty should come back)

      Herman - 2011-11-09 09:47

      @ Roboman, a clean up of this country is so needed, we start at the top get the regime out, get a new police force and so on and so forth..... Greta idea

      sorryson3 - 2011-11-09 11:50

      Mc Bride, free for how long ? Time enough to do some more mischief, sorry miss chief !!!

  • Jackie - 2011-11-09 08:29

    whilst you are at it Thuli, please review shaik's parole as well. zuma and his government took us for a ride. the man is and has always been fit to serve his full sentence.

  • Marion - 2011-11-09 08:30

    Most murderers do not give full disclosure. If he had given full disclosure it is highly unlikely he would be in jail right now. All murderers are entitled to apply for / get early parole so why shouldn't he? Also, the Public Prosecutor doesn't just go stick her nose in anywhere. To the best of my knowledge she acts on complaints e.g. the Midvaal complaint laid by the FF+. No matter how despicable we think an act is, the law is the law and unless they have valid reasons regarding his behaviour etc., in jail he is entitled to the same rights as any other ordinary murderer.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 09:12

      Laws get changed all the time. It is time to note that the lax treatment of murderers post 1994 is not working. Bring back the death penalty or make life sentences proper life sentences. I agree that the law should be applied evenly, therefore Shaik should go back to jail. Do not soften the law on murder, SA is far to violent already.

  • Rose - 2011-11-09 08:33

    You liberals make me sick!! SET THE MAN FREE !!!! Mandela and all the terrorists of this country are free!!! And yes Lyndatjie, it is all about black and white!!!

      VM1 - 2011-11-09 08:43

      @Rose your post demonstrates why CDL needs to finish his sentence = 25 yrs Full disclosure could have given this man full immunity but no he chose to withhold the truth because he hoped his volk would help him out, they instead continued with their lives and he spent 18 yrs in jail. Let him stay there - the chop!!!!

      thupanamaina - 2011-11-09 09:01

      @Rose. SET THE MAN FREE !!!! Mandela and all the terrorists of this country are free!!! You seem to be living in the past and have too much negative energy.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 09:17

      Rose, its not about liberals, its about law and order. I say leave him there for the full 25 years, and then struggle to find the key for a few years more. Furthermore, I say go fetch Shaik and put in him with derby Lewis, and finally while they about it, lock up Malema for incitement as well. This is not about liberal, it is about law and order. And bring back the death penalty for murderers, the we do not have to waste this space debating sickos like Derby Lewis, Barend Strydom, Mcbride, (the ANC bomber) etc etc, let us get rid of them, use the tax money to build houses for the poor or buy solar geezers for the rich or something, but let us stop wasting money on these murderers

      Nyiks11 - 2011-11-09 09:31

      @Rose I think it is the heat in Mussina and the traffic at the border gate that is making you sick , leave the liberals out of this .

      Shoosh - 2011-11-09 11:16

      Rose u rock, go girl.

  • TheSuperC - 2011-11-09 08:42

    Let Mr Derby-Lewis go free! He has served his time. If Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole, after serving only a short portion of his sentence, why not this man who is truly suffering (and most likely dying) from cancer? Post-Apartheid Mr Derby-Lewis confessed his role in the assassination, to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but was denied amnesty. Why? When a war is over, soldiers go home.

  • Paul - 2011-11-09 08:50

    I agree that there are rules, and in some ways that the man should rot in jail for the rest of his life, however when you see the likes of Shabier getting set free and is so sick he can play golf once a week, then I dont see why this man should not be set free. The only reason he is being kept where he is, is because of who he killed, and if it was the other way around, that he did this on behalf of the ANC, whether he showed remorse or not, he would have been free years ago. The playing fields have to be level.

      Andre - 2011-11-09 10:19

      ....The man with the money calls the this case the ANC/SACP pay the salaries of the judiciary ... they in turn dance to the tune. Mandela was released and should have remained behind bars for life.. things changed and he was released to HIS people. He was instrumental in murder (MURDER IS MURDER)..but was pardoned by the Goverment of the day. He went on the unite a nation (albeit for a very short time)... I think the same can be expected of CDL, but only time will tell. If the SHEIK can play golf until he dies... Clive can lie at home awaiting the same fate!..use it ..don't use it!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-09 08:59

    please do investigate i know the crime was serious but how many other murderers get paroled without a word to anybody . so the african national corruptors claim to be a so called champion for human rights for once shock us and release this man , shabir is a shinning example of your forgiveness spread the love man spread the love peace. shabir never disclosed anything and never said sorry to any of us so go figure IT IS A BLACK AND WHITE THING lyndatjie

      VM1 - 2011-11-09 09:39

      @Raymond There is a difference between theft / fraud and murder . The comparison you are drawing between these 2 men is incorrect. If someone steals your lawnmower or your money is treated the same as someone who mows you down while jogging then I am worried about the direction the peace debates you are reffering to. "Black and white" does not connect here at all, look at the merits of the case then cast your judgement. Besides the article is about Clive not Shaik - focus Mr Kok focus !!!!!

  • Had - 2011-11-09 09:08

    Shaik, rattle & parole

  • Delano - 2011-11-09 09:52

    Right, you really are retarted man. Derby-Lewis might have killed Hani, but also just keep in mind that was clearly politicaly motivated. Besides serving 18 out of the 25 years I think is unfair. There are so many poeple these days that kill for fun i.e farm murders, that walk out in a year or two. This guy is ill as well. Show some mercy. He did us a favour by removing a communist out of the picture. Who on earth would want a communist party to rule a country??? Apart from Right of course. Let Derby-Lewis free. Shabir Shaick can now play golf, yet Lewis must rot in hell? Am I missing something?

  • Rose - 2011-11-09 10:26

    @ Nyiks11, No, not the heat of Mussina that meakes me sick but the double standards of the terrorist ANC regime. For your information : being from Mussina and living on a border farm did I see with my own eyes how the ANC planted landmines and killed black and white. And quess what - those terrorists all walk free today!!! So why not let Derby-Lewis free as it was a political kill and a good one too. Yes, communists and liberals make me sick!!

      Shoosh - 2011-11-09 11:16

      Rose u rock, go girl.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 15:06

      Hey Rose, how about rather all bomb planters get put back in jail, would that not make life better for us. PS I am also from Limpopo and a farmer, so I can hardly be a bleeding heart liberal, I just believe in law and order for all!

  • Rose - 2011-11-09 10:35


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