How long did it take Derby-Lewis to get parole?

EWN takes a look at a timeline of when Clive Derby-Lewis started applying for medical parole.

Clive Derby-Lewis testifies during an amnesty hearing in August 1997 for his part in the April 1993 murder of Chris Hani. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - On Friday the High Court in Pretoria granted Clive Derby-Lewis medical parole.

Derby-Lewis was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani in 1993.

The 79-year-old has already served 21 years in jail but was recently spending time in a prison hospital after being diagnosed with cancer.

In 2012, Derby-Lewis applied for medical parole for the first time after being refused normal parole in 2011.

The right winger had previously suffered from prostate and skin cancer as well as gangrene in his right leg.

This week he launched another bid to be granted medical parole.

Experts claim he has only about two months to live as he suffers from aggressive cancer which is resistant to treatment.

His legal team argued Derby-Lewis deserved to die at home close to his family.

In July 2014 the Medical Parole Advisory Board decided that Derby-Lewis should continue chemotherapy as it couldn't determine whether his lung cancer was spreading. The board also approached independent experts to get advise on his condition.

In December, the board recommended that Derby-Lewis be granted parole, and advised the minister to do so because it found he had stage-three lung cancer. The Minister Michael Masutha disagreed with this finding as the law states an inmate with malignant stage-four cancer "with metastasis being inoperable or with both radiotherapy and chemotherapy failure" qualifies for placement on medical parole.

The judge said the parole conditions must be announced by no later than 5 June.