JOHANNESBURG: THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the North West Province rejected the release of Clive Derby-Lewis, the murderer of the South African Communist party leader, Chris Hani.
Justice Minister Joel Masutha announced Derby-Lewis had been denied parole, a decision COSATU had been advocating for.
“Comrade Chris was brutally shot and killed right at his house by the racist Derby-Lewis and his friends. He must tell the people of South Africa the truth before he can be released on parole.
“As the African Black people of South Africa we will not be confused; his killers must tell us why they killed him,” said COSATU North West Provincial Secretary, Solly Phetoe.
“We are celebrating democracy today, while the family of the late Chris is still in pain. But others say they want to release those criminals and killers who benefit from the 21 years of democracy,” he added.
Derby-Lewis is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the assassination of Hani in April 1993, and has repeatedly been denied parole. He was arrested for aiding and abetting Janusz Walus, a Polish immigrant, in the assassination of Hani, and having lent him the gun used to shoot the former SACP leader in the driveway of his home.
The Medical Parol;e Board had recommended his release on the grounds he was terminally ill.
“Clive Derby Lewis is sick, but after killing Chris, so he must also feel the pain that the family of the late suffered in April 1993,” Phetoe said.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY