Sunday, September 26, 2010

Derby-Lewis Too Ill for Jail

The chapter in the sad life of Clive Derby-Lewis takes another plot twist. A man who should not even be in jail, in the opinion of this author, faces daily neglect and harrassment resulting in the possible amputation of the 74-year-old's leg.

Derby-Lewis is still in jail despite the Truth and Reconciliation Commission having freed some of the worst criminals in South African history. His crime? He 'conspired' to murder Communist Chris Hani in 1993. He didn't even pull the trigger.

A horrendous injustice exacerbated.

Clive Derby-Lewis

Clive Derby-Lewis, the man who killed Chris Hani, remains too ill to be transferred back to prison from hospital after an operation to treat gangrene. Photo: Independent Newspapers

Clive Derby-Lewis, the man who killed Chris Hani, remains too ill to be transferred back to prison from hospital after an operation to treat gangrene, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Marius Coertze said Derby-Lewis, 74, was on a second course of antibiotics following an operation on Tuesday to remove dead tissue from his right leg. Doctors may yet have to amputate the limb to stop the infection from spreading.

“If the gangrene does not clear quickly, his lower right leg will have to be amputated to stop the infection spreading to the rest of his body.”

Coertze said Derby-Lewis's blood pressure had stabilised, but was likely to return to life threatening levels if he was transferred from the private hospital, where he is being treated, to prison.

He again accused prison authorities of deliberately neglecting Derby-Lewis's health problems and said prison guards were interfering with his medical treatment in hospital. They were keeping him chained to his bed, despite warnings from doctors that he could develop blood clots.

“Doctors are shocked that prison personnel are openly and shamelessly seeking to damage his health,” Coertze said.

Prison authorities had ignored the fact that Derby-Lewis was suffering from advanced skin cancer on his face, he added.

“Correctional Services was clearly aware of Clive's condition but neglected and concealed it in the hope that he would die of 'natural causes' in jail. It would then have been quite easy to cover up their clandestine and inhumane actions,” he charged.

Derby-Lewis is serving a life term for the murder of SA Communist Party general secretary Hani on April 10, 1993.

He has applied for parole and the application is thought to be before the National Council on Correctional Services, awaiting referral to Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for a decision.

Hani was shot in the head as he climbed out of his car outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg, by Polish immigrant Janusz Walus, using a pistol lent to him by Derby-Lewis, a Conservative Party MP.

Six months later, Walus and Derby-Lewis were convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and were sentenced to death.

However, this was commuted to life imprisonment in 1995, when capital punishment was abolished. - Sapa

8 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

Whilst Shabir Shaik plays golf...

Anonymous said...

Exzanian said...@ 04:23
Whilst Shabir Shaik plays golf...

Really? What´his handicap?

Snowy Smith said...

SUE the ANC Prisons Department for damages.

Clive Derby-Lewis, the man who killed Chris Hani??????????????
He did NOT kill Chris Hani.

Snowy Smith said...

The Chris HANI Assassination

The USA (New World Order) made a deal with the African National Congress to get rid of “RADICALS” Chris Hani and Winnie Mandela.
“Hani’s” own agenda was becoming a big headache for the ANC Umkhontu We Sizwe and the ANC Intelligence Agency hierarchy.

Anonymous said...

Exactly Snowy, you hit the nail on the head! This is the real reason Derby-Lewis can not be released: he simply knows too much!

Common Sense

Dachshund said...

What does Clive Derby-Lewis have in common with a turkey? Neither will make it to Christmas.

What does Clive Derby-Lewis have in common with a canary in a coal mine? Neither of them will be doing any singing soon.

It is really sick and disgusting how the prison authorities are torturing this defenceless old man. They should let him die, in some kind of dignity, in his own home.

Anonymous said...

I really feel sorry for Derby Lewis. He did what he thought was right for his people, and he´s been roasted ever since.
The whites in SA turned their backs on him. I´m sure he now feels it wasn´t worth it.
He´ll always be a hero in my eyes though.
God bless you Clive Derby Lewis.

Exzanian said...

Anon 27 September 2010 06:14
His handicap is Zuma