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Derby-Lewis denied medical parole

The former politician has been suffering from prostate and skin cancer, as well as gangrene.

Clive-Derby Lewis has been suffering from prostate and skin cancer and gangrene.

JOHANNESBURG - Correctional Services confirmed on Sunday that right winger Clive Derby-Lewis was denied medical parole.

Derby-Lewis is serving a life sentence for his role in the assassination of former South African Communist Party leader, Chris Hani.

He has been suffering from prostate and skin cancer, as well as gangrene.

Lewis was denied parole in 2011 and his legal team said, the ex-politician, who is chronically ill, would challenge the decision in court.

Disgraced former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser Schabir Shaik have comparatively both received medical parole.

"His medical parole was considered by the medical parole advisory board," said Correctional Services' James Smalberger.

"The medical parole advisory board did not recommend the release of Mr Clive Derby-Lewis on medical grounds."