SACP wants answers before parole for Hani assailantsby SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE South African Communists Party (SACP) is demanding Clive Derby-Lewis discloses the plotters of the assassination of former Secretary General, Chris Hani, before he is released on parole.
Derby-Lewis is serving time for the 1993 murder of the liberation hero.
SACP Acting National spokesperson, Mhlekwa Nxumalo, said the recommendation by the Parole Board to release Derby-Lewis on medical parole was a “serious” concern to the communists, their alliance partners and the Hani family.
“We have listened to the statements made by the lawyer of Derby-Lewis, which continue to ignore our submission and the fact that Derby-Lewis and other racist groups, some of whom marched in Tshwane last year, do not show any signs of remorse,” Nxumalo said.
He said the SACP reiterated that reconciliation and forgiveness depended on full disclosure of the truth, as well as remorse.
“We would remind everyone that to Clive Derby-Lewis was denied amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) because he did not fulfill the requirements and criteria to be given amnesty.”
Nxumalo said the SACP and its alliance partners viewed the assassination of Hani as unresolved.
“The communists will not budge on seeking disclosure first before the assailant is released on medical parole and will not pay attention to individuals or a grouping feeling emotionally at a particular point in time.”
Nxumalo said SACP was consulting its legal team to guide it on steps available to continue with plans to get to the bottom of the killing of Hani.
“The SACP view is that it is extremely wrong to continue forcing victims to forgive and forget, while the murderers are uncritically treated as if they are holy,” he added.
Hani was assassinated in 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park.
A Polish far-right immigrant, Janusz Waluś, accosted him nd shot him in the head and at the back as he stepped out of his car.
Derby-Lewis, a senior South African Conservative Party M.P. and Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs at the time, who had lent Waluś his pistol, was also arrested for complicity in Hani’s murder.
Waluś and Derby-Lewis were sentenced to death for the murder but their sentences were commuted to life imprisonment when the death penalty was abolished in 1995.
– CAJ News
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