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November 4, 2016
Derby-Lewis dies

GONE: Clive Derby-Lewis, 80

The man implicated in Chris Hani assassination dies of lung cancer.

Clive Derby-Lewis, 80, the mastermind in the Chris Hani assassination, has died.

Derby-Lewis, the man who supplied the gun that was used to assassinate struggle hero Chris Hani, died in a Pretoria hospital, his lawyer said yesterday.

Hani, who was leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC, was assassinated on April 10, 1993.

Derby-Lewis was denied parole several times since he began applying from 2010 to January 2015. The Hani family and the SACP consistently objected to his release.

After many failed attempts, Derby-Lewis went to court where the judge granted him medical parole on May 29 last year.

He was released from jail in June 2015 after serving 22 years. He died after a long battle with lung cancer.

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