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Derby-Lewis lawyers sets out ultimatum

Johannesburg - The justice and correctional services department has until the end of this week to decide on Clive Derby-Lewis's medical parole application or his lawyers will take the matter to the high court, The Citizen reported on Wednesday.

Derby-Lewis's lawyer Marius Coertze said it had been month since they applied for the parole.

Clive Derby-Lewis. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

“If we have not heard from them by the end of the week we will assume that they are dragging their feet… we will bring a new application to the high court, like De Kock.”

Eugene de Kock approached the high court in May for an order to force new minister Michael Masutha to make a decision, within 30 days after previous minister Sbu Ndebele had not.

Coertze said his client had six months to live due to an aggressive lung cancer.

Derby-Lewis was convicted of killing SA Communist Party secretary-general Chris Hani in the driveway of his Boksburg home on April 10, 1993, with his accomplice Janusz Walus.

The 78-year-old former Conservative Party MP, who was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, has already served more than 20 years of his sentence. - Sapa

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