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There is no way to rehabilitate the Waterkloof Four

17 February 2014, 14:40

Watching the video in which Christoff Bekker and Frikkie du Preez party in their prison cell has raised many questions. Despite the fact that many people clearly feel they need to be put back into prison since their intended rehabilitation clearly failed, I just can’t help but think that there is no real way to get them on the right track again. Here are my reasons for believing this:

Their rehabilitation started in their early 20s

In this time, these four boys were placed in prison with all the luxuries (if not more) of a modern-day university dorm room. Complete with bunker beds, a kettle, computer, cellphones and liquor, this is any boy’s dream.

Apart from them showing very little visible remorse upon being convicted for an innocent man’s murder, they were then placed in custody where they did not have to work to earn money, where they got their food for free, and where they visibly spent most of their time working out so that when they were finally released, they would seemingly look like hardcore jocks who have conquered the “harsh” prison life to come out exuding all the swagger.

They were never faced with the true prison of life in which we work hard to earn money and survive and pay our taxes. They never grew up. They were handed everything on a platter. They didn’t really pay much for their crime at all.

They didn’t serve their full 12-year sentence

They are out on parole halfway through their sentence. They have, once again, been bailed out of suffering for their crime and now roam the streets thinking their new muscles and haircuts make them the cool kids they never were in high school. What kind of lesson is that? Go to prison, do almost nothing, build some muscles, convince yourself you’re cool, and walk the streets again halfway through your sentence because you’re the Waterkloof Four and you get away with being pompous, remorseless and shameless.

It won’t help sending them back to prison

Sincerely, I believe there is no hope for these guys. I believe they got the easy way out. They lived a comfortable life in prison. If they are to be sent back, they will just enjoy it as much as they seemingly did for the first 6 years. Though it will keep them off the streets, it will not keep them from influencing those around them in thinking a heinous crime such as murder can get you the kind of luxuries in an SA prison that an embarrassingly big part of our population will never have out here in the real world.

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