Cézanne to become a ‘useful’ citizen again

2013-08-20 00:00

CÉZANNE Visser yesterday resumed her life with her head held high.

The 35-year-old Visser, dubbed “advocate Barbie” by the media, left the Poynton building in the Pretoria central business area at 11 am after she was released on parole.

Visser, dressed in smart black pants and a designer jacket, smiled at the press photographers before she left with her mother, Susan Lemmer, in a black Jeep 4x4 vehicle.

Visser was released on parole after serving just over three years of her sentence of six years and six months. She was sentenced for a series of sex crimes against minors in May 2010 after a sensational trial.

Visser and her co-accused, Dirk Prinsloo, were found guilty of committing indecent acts with girls from orphanages, as well as with three young women.

James Smalberger, chief deputy commissioner of incarcerations and corrections, said the Correctional Services Department hoped and believed Visser would become a useful member of society again. He said the former advocate had done everything possible to become eligible for parole and had completed her rehabilitation programmes with much commitment.

Her mother had supported her throughout the process. Smalberger said this support gave Visser a big advantage compared to other inmates who had been released on parole.

Visser is effectively under house arrest and has to adhere to strict parole conditions until November 2016. If she meets all the requirements, some of the restrictions, like two appointments with the parole office a week, may be relaxed in time.

“The conditions are strict. House arrest can be difficult to adapt to. She would, for example, not be able to pop out for milk at 8 pm,” Smalberger said.

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