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Rightwingers arrested in crackdown

The wife of a man jailed for assassinating one of South Africa's liberation heroes was granted bail on Monday after being arrested in a police operation to find those responsible for a series of recent bomb attacks.

News reports said 62-year-old Gaye Derby-Lewis was granted R3,000 (about US $324) in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Her husband, Clive, was currently serving a life sentence for the murder in 1993 of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani.

Mrs Derby-Lewis was among 11 people arrested in a countrywide police operation on Friday and was charged with illegal possession of arms and ammunition.

Police spokesperson Director Sally de Beer said in a statement that police were still seeking to question others believed to have information relating to an ongoing investigation into recent bomb blasts, as well as a broader investigation into a right-wing plan to overthrow the government by means of a terror campaign.

One woman was killed and millions of rands of property was damaged in the recent bomb attacks, the latest being the bomb attacks on a bridge on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, a police station in Cape Town and an airport in Midrand, outside Johannesburg.


This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

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