South Africa: Apartheid assassin Clive Derby Lewis Dies

Clive Derby Lewis, the man behind the infamous political assassination of an iconic South African freedom fighter Chris Hani is dead.

The 80 year old apartheid operative died from cancer.

Derby-Lewis was jailed in 1993 for his participation in the assassination of liberation fighter Chris Hani.

Mr Hani led the military wing of Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress Party and was among South Africa’s most popular black politicians.

Derby-Lewis opposed ending white minority rule and was trying to start a race war in the last days of apartheid.

A Polish immigrant, Janusz Walus, shot Mr Hani but Derby-Lewis provided the gun.

He was initially sentenced to death, alongside Walus, but his sentence was commuted when South Africa abolished the death penalty in 1995.