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2 of Waterkloof 4 freed on house arrest

2011-12-15 17:37

Johannesburg - The correctional services department has confirmed that two of the "Waterkloof Four" were released under house arrest on Thursday afternoon.

Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt were released under strict conditions, Gauteng spokesperson Simphiwe Kondleka said.

"The pair will have to inform correctional services before leaving their home and they have been ordered to do 15 hours of community service a month."

The pair would only be allowed to do this between 08:00 and 16:00. They are not allowed to consume alcohol during their house arrest.

Earlier, Kondleka denied the two had been released on parole, saying they had submitted applications to correctional services, but no decision had been made as yet.

Tiedt and Van Schalkwyk were among a group of four boys convicted of killing a homeless man and assaulting another at a park in Pretoria in 2001. They were each sentenced to 12 years in jail.

All four maintained their innocence throughout their trial and an unsuccessful high court appeal.

They began serving their sentence at Pretoria Central Prison in August 2008.

Van Schalkwyk's stepfather Jimmy Stonehouse said he was not aware if the other two, Christoff Bekker and Frikkie du Preez, would also be placed under house arrest.

"They are being kept in a separate prison, so I don't know what the situation with them is."

Comments
  • Nurse - 2011-12-15 18:02

    House arrest? What next? A trip to Disneyland for people who MURDER? They should never see freedom for what they did. DISGUSTING!

      Sithando - 2011-12-15 19:11

      Their conscience will deal with them, taking someone's life is not pap en vleis. They will hang themselves one by one.

  • The Real Unskinny - 2011-12-15 19:27

    Plain horse$hit.

  • SubGenius - 2011-12-15 20:15

    Dumb throwback hairy-backs. Smug bastards too, they knew their family's money could buy the rotten justice system just as equally as if they were ANC swindlers. Wonder if they got 28'ed in prison?

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-12-16 00:17

      @SubGenius Let's see if you can try your very, very, very best to keep your mind and your tongue out of the prisoners' genitalia. Just for today. (I'm not holding my breath).

  • Ronald - 2011-12-15 20:36

    This situation is a good example of the questionable state of our correctional system. Convicted fraudsters facing imminent death still golfing 3 years after a "humanitarian" decision to let him out on medical parole while others die in jail waiting for their parole, convicted murderers serving only a fraction of their sentences, etc. No wonder we are shocked when China actually shows that they mean business when they enforce a conviction.

  • Stoffel - 2011-12-15 21:01

    http://charlesscheepers.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/waterkloof-four-wrongfully-imprisoned/

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-15 22:07

    They got convicted. Whatever doubts anybody has about their guilt/innocence they were sentenced to 12 years and they must spend that time in jail like everybody else.

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-12-16 00:13

      @TheWatcher Wrong. It is policy that: say a prisoner was given a 12 years sentence, a prisoner will serve only half of it. Then, if there were no “incidents” during the first quarter of his incarceration, he WILL be paroled and spend another quarter of the sentence on (strict) parole. This is not a “white” or a “black” or a “boer” or a “cadar” thing. Whatever the colour of your skin, and regardless of who you killed and how you killed that person, in reality, he will serve only a quarter of the sentence in incarceration, then the next quarter on parole. Do not even start to compare one prisoner with another. With this being a fact, you can go ahead and lament and rage against the system, but please don't get into a racial debate on this. It is NOT a "race" "thing".

      TheWatcher - 2011-12-16 09:53

      Firstly who said anything about race? I'm talking about criminals (they come in all colours) Secondly what raving looney thought up that system.

  • skhumbuzo.mbaiwa - 2011-12-15 22:49

    God has his sentence watch the space

  • inwardk - 2011-12-15 23:38

    If they were sentenced to 12 years in prison, and they only went in in August 2008, then they have served 3 years and 4 months of a 12 year sentence! Less than a third. How does that work?

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-12-16 00:23

      @inwardk Prisoners only actually serve half of their sentences. A quarter in incarceration, and another quarter on parole. That's it.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-17 17:37

    how do you release somebody who killed a helpless person and still went on killing spree as a child what happens when he older

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