Waterkloof Two remain behind bars pending parole review

2014-02-19 15:18

Frikkie du Preez and Christoff Becker, the so-called Waterkloof Two, will remain in jail while their parole is being reviewed, following the publication of a controversial video in which they are seen partying in prison prior to their release.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6luSHHS-Ck

The pair were rearrested last week shortly after being released on parole after serving half of their 12-year sentences for murdering a homeless man in 2001 in Moreleta Park, Pretoria.

A video shot in prison angered the public, with many viewing their actions as a sign that they had not been rehabilitated.

The department of correctional services said: “Following a decision of the Supervisory Committee, Du Preez and Becker will appear before the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board (CSPB), of the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre, for a review of their parole.

It added that compliance with parole conditions were at “98.4%”.

“On average, 64 offenders are granted parole every day in South Africa. In addition to the country’s 156 939 inmates, 65 931 offenders are outside correctional centres living in their respective communities.

“Of the 65 931 offenders, 48 716 are parolees, 15 491 are probationers (serving non-custodial sentences) and 1 724 are awaiting trial.”

Correctional Services Minister S’Bu Ndebele said anarchy in any correctional centre would not be tolerated.

“Any official, or offender, found guilty of any such offence will face the full might of the law. As DCS, we will fight fraud and corruption with vigour. As part of the department’s anti-corruption strategy, since 2009/10 more than 171 DCS officials were dismissed, demoted or suspended for various offences related to fraud and corruption,” said Ndebele.

The pair’s lawyer, Oelof de Meyer, told Beeld he would consult with his clients tomorrow.

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