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Justice for Chris Hani: SACP Reacts to Reports of Medical Parole for Clive Derby-Lewis

Voices of Liberation: Steve BikoThe South African Communist Party has reacted with “serious concern” to media reports that Clive Derby-Lewis may be released on medical parole.

Chris Hani was assassinated on 10 April 1993, with Janusz Waluś and Derby-Lewis being found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death, their sentences being changed to life imprisonment when capital punishment was outlawed in 1995.

According to Derby-Lewis’ wife Gaye Derby-Lewis, the medical parole board has again recommended that her husband be granted parole. The matter will be decided by Justice Minister Michael Masutha. Derby-Lewis, who reportedly has just months to live, has been denied parole four times in the past.

In a statement, the SACP insist that “Derby-Lewis and other racist groups, some of whom marched in Tshwane last year, do not show any signs of remorse”, and state that they hope that the minister will make the “correct decision in defence of the democracy that cde Chris and many others died for during the struggle for liberation”.

Read the statement:

We would remind everyone that to Clive Derby-Lewis was denied amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) because he did not fulfil the requirements and criteria to be given amnesty. Unrepentant, Derby-Lewis actually claimed that his Christian faith within the Afrikaans Protestant Church was central to his decision to participate in Hani’s assassination, while stating that this was sanctioned by senior leaders of the Conservative Party, whose names, by the way, were never, up to this day, disclosed.

To us as the SACP the matter on the assassination of Comrade Chris Hani is not closed, and that will remain the case until justice is realised, no matter how an individual or a grouping feels emotionally at a particular point in time. The SACP, standing firm on this ground, has made it clear that its unchanged stance on this principle is located within the confines of the law, associated regulations and processes. And as such we are consulting our legal team to guide us on what other steps are available to continue with this fight of getting to the bottom of the killing of our former General Secretary.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe declined to comment on the reports:

“I’m not sure we should comment on a recommendation,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.

“Otherwise it will sound like we instructing the minister to do X, Y and Z.”

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