'Barbie' gets parole

By Drum Digital
18 August 2013

Cezanne Visser, dubbed as 'Advocate Barbie', will be released on parole on Monday, the department of correctional services said.

"The correctional supervision and parole board approved the placement of Ms Cezanne Visser on parole from 19 August 2013," said the department's chief deputy commissioner of incarceration and corrections, James Smallburger, in a statement on Sunday.

He said Visser had served half her sentence in prison and had "complied with all necessary requirements for release".

Visser has been placed in a "maximum category" that stipulates strict parole conditions.

"The department will not hesitate to place her back in custody should she violate her parole conditions."

Visser is serving a seven-year jail term on 11 charges which included two of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl and soliciting a 13-year-old girl to commit indecent acts.

She was also sentenced on a charge of defrauding a children's home in order to get them to allow children to spend weekends with her and her then lover, Dirk Prinsloo.

The judge linked her to the indecent assault of a 20-year-old woman, indecently assaulting two other younger women, and possession and manufacturing of child pornography.

Visser was convicted in 2009 and began serving prison time - after a failed application to appeal her sentence - in 2010.

She was previously turned down twice to be released on correctional supervision by the parole board.

In February this year, her mother Susan Lemmer told Beeld that Visser had found new meaning in her life in Pretoria Central Prison.

"She has adapted well, established incredible relationships in jail and broadened her life experience irrevocably," Lemmer told the newspaper at the time.

"Cezanne has experienced Christian forgiveness, even though she has not yet had the opportunity to ask her victims for forgiveness," she added.

Prinsloo fled South Africa to avoid the trial but was later convicted of bank robbery in Belarus and is serving a 13-year prison sentence after which he will be extradited.

Visser was nicknamed "advocate Barbie" by the media because of her previous image of dyed blonde hair and surgically enhanced breasts.

At the time of her sentencing her image had changed completely and proceedings had to be delayed while she was sedated.

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