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Clive Derby-Lewis granted medical parole

Image: Clive Derby-Lewis listens to questions during the Truth Commission hearing at Pretoria City Hall, 1993 (Credit: Dispatch Live)

Clive Derby-Lewis granted medical parole

News breaking in the last hour is that Clive Derby-Lewis – the man convicted of arranging the killing of then SACP leader Chris Hani is to be released on medical parole. Derby-Lewis claimed that he had been treated unfairly by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha, after his application was denied. EWN's Mia Lindeque:

Judge Selby Bakwa that in the name of ubuntu and in the name of dignity, Clive Derby-Lewis must be released. The judge says that when the Minister had reviewed the application for medical parole, he hadn't considered the victims Derby-Lewis had met with, although Minister Masutha had the transcripts of those meetings. The relatives and the friends of Clive Derby-Lewis broke down in tears and they said they are elated and thankful that the judge made this ruling in the name of ubuntu and reconciliation. Hani's widow, Limpho Hani said she was shocked with this decision and didn't want to speak to the media.

Attorney for Clive Derby-Lewis, Julian Knight:

We must look at is as a victory for the judiciary and the independence of the judiciary. This is also a vindication for those who are in the prison system and looking for medical parole. What needs to be looked at isn't the events of the criminal act or what you did, but the fact that you are terminally ill and are dying.

Former Cosatu General-Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi:

Very disappointed, very angry, more so because every day we are reminded as revolutionaries for the price that we paid as South Africans for Derby-Lewis who ended the life of someone who was a very bright person and would have lead us out of some of the leadership crises we face today. We are quite angry that this man will now be walking the streets in the name of medical parole.

Justice Department Spokesperson, Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga:

We find comfort in one important aspect - and that is the judge did not find that the Minister was irrational in his decision. However as a team, we will re-assess the judgement and see what recourse to follow. Currently, we have been given until the 5th of June to craft conditions for the parole and we also have 14 days to indicate whether we will appeal or not.

#FifaGate: spotlight on SA's involvement

As the Fifa scandal continues to swirl around the footbal world, in Zurich Sepp Blatter appears to be about to be re-elected head of Fifa. Meanwhile, former President Thabo Mbeki earlier released a statement: "I am not aware of anybody who solicited a bribe from the Government for the purpose of our country being awarded the right to host the World Cup. As Minister ofSport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has stated on behalf of the Government, no public money was ever used to pay a bribe. I wish to state that the Government that I had the privilege to lead would never have paid any bribe even if it were solicited."

Political analyst, Professor Sipho Seepe addressing whether it might seem as if Mbeki is taking a dig at President Jacob Zuma, considering that the World Cup happened during his tenure in 2010:

Definitely (it might seem he's taking a dig at Zuma), but at the same time, President Mbeki has not recovered from his humiliation of Polokwane 2007 and every chance he gets to insinuate things about Zuma is used. These are historical battles between him and President Zuma.

[DEVELOPING] Fifa President election underway, Blatter expected to be re-elected

President of the International Sports Press Association, AIPS is Gianni Merlo:

This is what most of the people think, and they have avoided electronic voting, and chosen to go with paper voting. Corruption is there, and unfortunately, we have to fight corruption. (On UEFA threatening to pull out of Fifa) sometimes, people speak before thinking, but firstly, let's see what comes out of the election, because Europe can go by itself. They have the money, but sport is something that is worldwide and to diminish the importance of this is tough.

A win for the media: court rules in favour of showing all in Parliament

A ruling in the Western Cape High Court – in which judges decided two judges to one – that Parliament does have the right o not show disorder or unparliamentary conduct in the National Assembly. The case was brought by Primedia Broadcasting – the owners of Radio 702 and CapeTalk – after Parliament’s video feed failed to show how EFF MP's were forcibly removed from the House during the State of the Nation Address earlier this year. The same case also addressed complaints that cell phones in the National Assembly had been jammed. State Security Minister, David Mahlobo:

As government, we welcome the decision of the High Court. The court has been able to clarify that our action was within the law. The only issue that was becoming problematic was to deal with the operational matters of the State Security Agency and our ability to do our work. Our intention was not to infringe on any one's rights, because we try to do our work within the confines of the law.

Home Affairs visa panic ahead of Monday

Implementation is due to start on Monday where people will have to start getting a biometric visa coming into South Africa and children having to travel with their unabridged birth certificates with them. CEO of Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa), David Frost:

At the moment, I'm expecting a bit of chaos. We only got the Standard Operating Procedures on the 18th of May and these weren't even sent to associations such as ours, but were sent to airlines that would coming into the country - that is how we got hold of these procedures. There is also confusion around the language of these birth certificates and affidavits and whether they should be in English or not.

Excitement ahead of the Comrades: all the best Redi!

On the hard streets between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on Sunday will be this year’s edition of the annual epic Comrades Marathon. One of the people pounding the streets will be our very own Redi Tlhabi:

I am so anxious, I won't lie! I was kind of motivated over the last two weeks, but now I'm anxious. I never run in the last week before the Comrades, I get plenty of sleep, so I am not sleep-deprived. I run every day in the morning at 5 and I used to run in the afternoons, until someone dared me to run in the morning and since I started, I've never looked back. All I know is that the year that I run Comrades, I am on a year-long high: my year starts on the 31st of May, so you can say 'Happy New Year' to me then!

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