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SACP slams Derby-Lewis's parole

The Justice Minister said Clive Derby-Lewis’s parole was "positively recommended".

Clive Derby-Lewis. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) said it will continue fighting against Clive Derby-Lewis' parole despite his ill health.

Having spent two decades behind bars for the murder of SACP leader Chris Hani, Derby-Lewis may be free within the next few weeks.

Newly appointed Justice Minister Michael Masutha said his parole was "positively recommended".

Columnist and author Max du Preez said parole should be supported.

"It will show who we are as a nation to say Derby-Lewis served 20 years and he's going to die in the next few years because he's seriously ill."

Meanwhile, two months ago political party Front National demanded Derby-Lewis be released.

Derby-Lewis is said to be terminally ill and the party is demanding he be released from prison immediately.

He was denied parole several times.

He was also attacked twice in the Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria this year.

The Department of Correctional Services condemned the second attack and said it would do everything in its power to ensure that it did not happen again.

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