Clive Derby-Lewis, South African politician and convicted felon, Died at 80

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Clive John Derby-Lewis was born on January 22, 1936, and died on November 3, 2016.

He was a South African politician,

Lewis was involved first in the National Party and then, while serving as a member of parliament, in the Conservative Party.

Lewis served a life sentence for his role in the assassination of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani.

Clive has been described as a “right-wing extremist” by the Daily Telegraph; and as someone who “even by South African standards…has acquired over the years a reputation as a rabid racist” by journalist & South Africa commentator John Carlin.

Lewis was described in 1988 by anti-apartheid opposition leader Harry Schwarz as the “biggest racist in Parliament”.

He was repeatedly denied parole since he began applying in 2010, most recently in January 2015, after objections from the Hani family.

Following multiple times being declined parole, his appeal was taken to court where the judge granted him medical parole on 29 May 2015.

Lewis was released from prison in June 2015 after serving 22 years, due to his terminal lung cancer.

Clive Derby-Lewis passed away at 80 years old.

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