Justice Dept to announce decision on Clive Derby-Lewis

Minister Michael Masutha will either outline parole conditions or announce that he'll be appealing the parole.

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

PRETORIA - Justice Minister Michael Masutha is expected to announce today, either the conditions for Clive Derby-Lewis's release on medical parole, or that he intends appealing the court ruling.

A week ago, the High Court in Pretoria ordered the minister had until today to announce the conditions after the 79-year-old brought an urgent application to secure his release from prison on medical grounds.

Derby-Lewis was sentenced to life behind bars for the murder of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani in 1993.

Judge Judge Selby Baqwa found that Masutha's decision to deny Derby-Lewis parole for the fifth time was flawed.

Masutha was given until today to announce the conditions under which the 79-year-old, who has terminal cancer, will be released.

The minster's legal team had argued that Derby-Lewis, who is believed to only have two months to live, did not meet the criteria for release because he had stage three cancer, as opposed to stage four.

It's understood medical and logistical plans are underway for his release.

But an appeal of the decision could suspend the court's ruling and put Derby-Lewis's fate back in the hands of the courts.