Correctional Services to fight Waterkloof ruling

2011-12-27 10:03
Johannesburg - The Department of Correctional Service said on Tuesday it will apply for a review of the court order that allowed two of the "Waterkloof Four" to be held under house arrest instead of in prison.

"Correctional services is going to appeal the court ruling according to which the Waterkloof two were released last week," said Correctional Services deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise.

He said the request for a review would be lodged within the legal time frame of fourteen days after the ruling.

Gert Van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt were imprisoned along with Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez in 2008 for killing a homeless man and assaulting another at a park in Pretoria in 2001.

Bekker and Du Preez, who are serving their sentences in Pretoria Central, had not been released.

On Tuesday, Modise said that "there is no word" on whether or not they would apply for a commutation of sentence. He said the department would "obviously" oppose such an application if it came about.

Last week, the lawyer for the two released prisoners said that she considered their release under correctional supervision as finalised and with no scope for an appeal.

""It wasn't me that brought this about. Do they want to appeal against themselves? How do they want to appeal against themselves?" lawyer Jenny Brewi said in reaction to the department of correctional services' statement that it wanted to appeal the decision by the Zonderwater parole board.

She said that she was of the opinion that "the matter is finalised".

The commuting of the sentence as recommended by the parole board and confirmed by the courts was not an action that her clients had undertaken, but had been carried out by the department itself, said Brewis.

She said, therefore, she did not believe that there was any scope for the department to make an appeal.

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