Clive Derby-Lewis, the man behind the death of South African renowned politician Chris Hani has died.
He died today, shortly before 13:00 at Eugene Murray hospital in Pretoria, at the age of 80.
Derby-Lewis’ wife Gaye, confirmed on Thursday afternoon that her husband gave up the ghost, following a prolonged battle with lung cancer.
His wife said her husband’s death has finally ended his prolonged battle with authorities over the death of Hani.
“He was under house arrest for 18 months. My husband is finally free. Over the last week he was in hospital again. He was home for 18 months and he developed an infection. He lost his breath it was quick,” she said.
The deceased, a former right-wing politician, was the man who supplied Janusz Walus the gun he [Walus] used to kill SACP leader Chris Hani. The struggle icon was shot and killed outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg, on April 10, 1993 by Walus.
Derby-Lewis was convicted on 15 October 1993 of conspiracy to commit murder. Both were sentenced to death, but their sentences were later commuted to life imprisonment.
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He was released on medical parole last year after doctors found that he already had stage 4 terminal cancer. He had spent over 22 years in prison.
Derby-Lewis was an Afrikaner of German and Scots ancestry. He grew up in Kimberley and later moved to Johannesburg, where he practiced as an accountant.
He subsequently became a minister in the Catholic Church. Derby-Lewis left afterwards, and joined the arch-conservative, apartheid-supporting Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk.
The murder of Comrade Hani, one of South Africa’s best and sharpest minds nearly brought the country to a civil war on the eve of the dawn of democracy. He was a senior member of the now-ruling African National Congress (ANC) and head of the South African Communist Party.