Clive Derby-Lewis died from lung cancer on November 3. Before his death, he was interviewed by Forum Films.
The interview, which is said to be the only interview he granted after he was released from prison on medical parole following the 22 years he served for his role in Chris Hani’s murder, has brought forward the motive behind the killing of the then leader of the South African Communist Party.
Reports have it that Lewis demanded that the 70-minute interview be released after his death.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the first of the four parts of the interview titled ‘The Derby-Lewis Disclosure’, was released yesterday.
As culled from the interview, the fierce opponent of the apartheid government who was assassinated on 10 April 1993, was killed because he was extremely radical and targeting civilians.
“Chris Hani was a hardline communist who was determined at all costs, even to lay the country to waste, to achieve his political aims. He was a radical, he was uncontrollable by the ANC higher authorities, he was a man who targeted civilians in preference to military targets. And as far as we were concerned, he was public enemy number one,” Lewis reportedly said.
Lewis argued that apartheid wasn’t about hate but a “separate development” policy designed to enable African tribes to rule themselves. According to him, the system would have evolved into something like the European Union.
A system where “self-governing sovereign states all co-operating to the benefit of everyone,” he buttressed.
He further asserted that the 1992 referendum on political change was “a complete swindle” and that the Conservative Party should have boycotted it.
Adding that the apartheid government was negotiating with the ANC in exile to ensure their future positions in a black-ruled South Africa, Lewis proclaimed that former president FW De Klerk was dishonest in resolving the apartheid crisis.
“…De Klerk himself was dishonest to his own constituency” he said, “that announcement he made releasing Mandela and unbanning the Communist Party and the ANC he made on his own… He had already taken dictatorial rights and decided for the people.”
Derby-Lewis admitted that he opposed former president Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990. He said he did that because Mandela refused to renounce violence.