Minister unaware of Clive Derby-Lewis medical parole recommendation

JANUARY 27, 2015

Justice Minister Michael Masutha is not aware of the parole board's recommendation to grant Clive Derby-Lewis medical parole, his spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga, said on Tuesday.
Masutha is expected to announce his decision regarding Clive Derby-Lewis, Ferdi Barnard, and Eugene de Kock, on Friday, Mhaga said.
"The minister has received no official communication from the medical parole advisory board about their recommendations.
"We are therefore unable to comment on what is reported to be their recommendations, save to state that any recommendations of the board are not binding on the minister," Mhaga said.
Derby-Lewis's wife, Gaye, earlier said the medical parole board had recommended that he be released.
"I do not know how to feel. It has happened four times before and each time it was blocked by the government. I do not know if the minister is going to release him," she said.

Derby-Lewis was jailed for his role in the murder, on April 10, 1993, of SA Communist Party general secretary Chris Hani.