National 4.11.2016 06:21 am

Political parties lament lack of closure in Derby-Lewis death

A convicted killer, Clive Derby-Lewis points to a TV monitor showing Hani at one of the  rallies he addressed and appealing for peaceful political transition, here at the amnesty hearing for his part in the murder on 10 April 1993 of Chris Hani, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Pretoria 18 Aug. Derby-Lewis and his accomplice a Polish immigrant, Janus Walusz were sentenced to death and later commuted to life imprisonment. They claimed the killing which nearly sparked a race war before South Africa's historic April 1994 all-race elections, had legitimate  political motives and also was against "the anti-Christ". Derby-Lewis told Hani lawyers that he has no intention to apologise to the family for his acts on murder.   / AFP PHOTO / WALTER DHLADHLA

A convicted killer, Clive Derby-Lewis points to a TV monitor showing Hani at one of the rallies he addressed and appealing for peaceful political transition, here at the amnesty hearing for his part in the murder on 10 April 1993 of Chris Hani, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Pretoria 18 Aug. Derby-Lewis and his accomplice a Polish immigrant, Janus Walusz were sentenced to death and later commuted to life imprisonment. They claimed the killing which nearly sparked a race war before South Africa's historic April 1994 all-race elections, had legitimate political motives and also was against "the anti-Christ". Derby-Lewis told Hani lawyers that he has no intention to apologise to the family for his acts on murder. / AFP PHOTO / WALTER DHLADHLA

‘We are not sure if this is the only death he orchestrated,’ said PAC spokesperson Kenneth Mokgatlhe.

The South African Communist Party said its former leader Chris Hani’s killer, Clive Derby-Lewis, died without coming clean about the hit. Spokesperson Alex Mashilo expressed condolences to Derby-Lewis’s family.

“Unfortunately, he died without making a full disclosure of the whole truth. All we wanted was the truth and we couldn’t get it from him,” Mashilo said.

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania said Derby-Lewis had died a “dignified” death.

And while it was only African to bid the dead farewell, the party indicated that Derby-Lewis would be remembered for orchestrating Hani’s death.

“We are not sure if this is the only death he orchestrated,” said spokesperson Kenneth Mokgatlhe.

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“All these people who are known to have had a role in assassinating Hani will die and we will have no one to reveal who really gave the order – because it is clear that the truth is being kept away from the public.”

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus), meanwhile, took issue with the department of correctional services over its issuing of medical parole in the wake of convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik’s release from jail nearly eight years ago.

Shaik, who was released due to a terminal illness, has continued to play golf, FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald charged.

Groenewald accused Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha of bias.

“He opposed numerous applications of Derby-Lewis for medical parole and had to be forced by a court to grant parole.”

Afrikaans organisation AfriForum, which accused Masutha of violating Derby-Lewis’s human rights, expressed the same sentiments.

“Derby-Lewis was a perpetrator and a victim in his life. The way he was dealt with sends red flags about our criminal justice system and that politics plays a role in the outcome of how people are treated,” said AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets.

The DA’s federal executive council chairperson, James Selfe, said while the party extended its condolences, one could not forget that Derby-Lewis brought the country to the “brink of a civil war. Clearly the medical parole given to Schabir was a sham and unlawful …”

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