Release Clive Derby-Lewis on parole!
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Petition for the release on parole of Clive Derby-Lewis
The Honourable Minister of Correctional Services Mr Sibusiso Ndebele
On the 15th of October 1993 Clive Derby-Lewis, a South African citizen, was sentenced in the Rand Supreme Court for aiding and abetting Janusz Walus in the assassination of the former General Secretary of the SACP, Mr Chris Hani on 10 April 1993. Derby-Lewis was sentenced to death, a sentenced commuted to life imprisonment after the constitutional abolition of the death penalty in 1995.
Derby-Lewis submitted an appeal for amnesty to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in which he stated that the attack was sanctioned by senior leaders of his party and that he acted on the conviction that he was defending his people against Communism. He also stated that he was a Christian and that Communism, within the Christian faith, is regarded as a vehicle of the Antichrist. The appeal for amnesty was denied in 1999.
We, the undersigned, now appeal to you to consider granting Derby-Lewis parole based on the following:
- He has already served an effective 21 years in prison. In terms of South African law a sentence of 15 years is generally regarded as having served such a sentence.
- He has been receiving medical treatment for skin cancer, prostate cancer, hypertension and a gangrenous spot in his leg for almost 5 years now.
- He indicated that he would want to meet with the widow of Mr Hani to express his regret for his action, thereby indicating that his rehabilitation is complete.
- He was attacked by fellow inmates with sharp weapons on Wednesday 25 February 2014. Such an attack could prove to be extremely harmful to his mental health, seeing that he is already 78 years old and in ill-health.
The Government of South Africa made Human Rights part of the legacy of a Democratic State. We urge the Government to prove that they are serious about exercising a citizen's right to humane treatment as protected by the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, as well as international law.