Chris Hani killers attacked in prison

By admin
27 February 2014

Former Conservative Party politician Clive Derby-Lewis and Janusz Walus - who are in prison for the 1993 murder of Chris Hani - were stabbed in prison yesterday.

The pair was originally sentenced to death, but their sentence was converted to life in prison after South Africa abolished the death penalty in 1995. Hani, who was a South African Communist Party general secretary and chief of staff of the ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was shot outside his home by Walus with a gun arranged by Derby-Lewis in Boksburg on April 10, 1993.

“Offenders Clive Derby-Lewis and Janus Walus were attacked by one offender with a kitchen table spoon,” said correctional services spokesman Manelisi Wolela in a statement. “They both suffered some lacerations in their heads and hands at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre.” Their injuries are minor. “Our officials have spoken to the two attacked offenders who said ‘nothing is serious’, but we will continue to monitor the situation and may send them for further examination. “The SAPS and Correctional Services officials are investigating the attack,” said Wolela.

Derby-Lewis (78) and Walus (31) are serving their sentences at the Kgosi Mampuru (formerly Pretoria Central) Prison. Derby-Lewis is said to have cancer and gangrene and has been denied parole on two occasions.

According to media reports, an inmate claims a gang leader attacked Walus with a steel pipe and then stabbed him several times with a sharpened spoon. “The guy then went to the section where Clive stays, pulled him from his cell and did the same to him. “Other inmates pulled him off Clive. When the wardens arrived he told them he wanted to see management. “He still had the weapons in his hands. There was a lot of blood coming from Derby-Lewis’s face and body,” the inmate said.

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