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Officials probed over Waterkloof release

2012-03-12 20:45

Johannesburg - Three parole board officers and two prisons officials are part of a probe into the release of two of the "Waterkloof Four", an official said on Monday.

"All the circumstances surrounding the release of the Waterkloof two and commuting their sentence to correctional supervisions will be investigated," correctional services spokesperson Phumlani Ximiya said.

Information on the investigation would be provided upon its completion, he said.

Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt left Zonderwater Prison on December 16 2011, three years into their 12-year sentence for the death of a homeless man in 2001.

The same sentences meted out to their co-accused, Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez, were not commuted.

The approval for their release came after parole officers successfully applied for their sentences to be commuted because they had been "model prisoners".

Their sentences were commuted to correctional supervision with curfews and a ban on drinking alcohol. They were also supposed to undertake community service, with Van Schalkwyk cleaning the Transvaal Museum and Tiedt working at the Bronkhorstspruit police station.

However, the correctional services department did not want to release them, in spite of the Pretoria Regional Court ordering this. It was only after an order by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria the following day, that they were released.

In January, the department lost an appeal of the parole board's decision to release them. During that application the court heard that the parole board and the department of correctional services had equal authority.

Ximiya could not immediately say whether the officials had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Comments
  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-12 20:50

    Another mzansi day filled with useless justice system that only favours one side of equation...haaaah

      Johnathon - 2012-03-12 20:54

      If the Waterkloof four were black, their parole would pass by without a single comment.

      Francois - 2012-03-12 21:06

      The Azanian, it is ironic that you call yourself the Azanian and then refer to SA as Mzansi. I don't think the useless justice system favours only one side of the equation, Schaik is on parole to play golf and Zuma never even had his day in court, disregarding him asking for it. Can you perhaps, since you threw the race card down, give us the ethnicity of the parole board's members and the judge who ordered the parole instruction to become a court order?

      luytster - 2012-03-12 22:17

      I have to agree with the Azanian. They made a complete stuff up with Winnie "matches" Mandela and Tony "Mercedes" Yengeni

      philip.venter1 - 2012-03-12 22:31

      These guys might have gotten out but they have a bleak future ahead of them. Being a white male in South Africa alone makes getting a decent job extremely difficult, adding a criminal record containing murder on top of that makes it close to impossible. Employing a convicted murderer doesn't exactly do wonders for a business's reputation. The only way they are going to be able to live a normal life is if daddy and mommy leave a huge fortune behind for them. Whether they stay in jail or not, they will pay for the rest of their lives for what they have done. These men will never have a normal life and that in my opinion is punishment enough.

      Thato - 2012-03-13 06:39

      I canot understand how it could be justified by the thinktank to have these criminal out so soon because the justice system keeps getting raped in favour of a few with policaly connect or the rich. I think you are really missing it and I wonder if you would sing the same tune if it was your family member that these 4 killed but i guess you wont understand because it wasnt. I dont see where being black or white has to do with getting jailed for killing a person. Maybe the modimolle monster Johan Kotze must get bail and get another chance because Zuma didnt get his day in court

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-12 20:52

    Notice. Abelungu aba commenti

      Xavier7034 - 2012-03-12 22:33

      Tangu unataka kutoa maoni inthe kienyeji, mimi kujibu kwa kufanya moja - wewe wote haja ya kupambana na ubaguzi wa rangi kidonge

  • Putin the " - 2012-03-12 20:56

    Drag them by their long front things all the way to Pretoria maximum, sorry Tshwane Maximum!! We tired of Pretoria

      werner.smidt - 2012-03-12 21:25

      Never gonna be Putin, bra . . . but it's good to dream.

  • madmom1 - 2012-03-12 21:02

    To thinkertank...that guy who just killed a man because he was with his girlfriend...out on bail for killing a cop...mmm...no more said

  • Comrade - 2012-03-12 21:09

    Wow....so everytime a BLACK person who murdered a WHITE person (millions of them) gets parole, is there going to be an enquiry too????

  • madmom1 - 2012-03-12 21:09

    To thinkertank...that guy who just killed a man because he was with his girlfriend...out on bail for killing a cop...mmm...no more said

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-12 22:25

      My sentiments exactly!!!

      Johnathon - 2012-03-12 22:56

      Madmom 1 : I really hope that Mandela @ Zuma's grandchildren go to jail for a very long time, considering they broke every single rule as far as the fiduciary duties of a Company, as mine directors of Aurora. They committed almost every crime contained in the code of conduct for a CEO. They are now so criminally minded, that they refuse to obey court orders to pay those abominably treated mine employees of theirs. Will they ever be properly charged and rot in jail as they should. mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm

  • Morne - 2012-03-12 21:13

    These guys should serve their full sentence, criminals get out to quick!

      werner.smidt - 2012-03-12 21:28

      Correct. I think people conveniently forget they committed murder . . .

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 21:34

      ISO you are reflecting a matured South African thinker. I believe it should not matter who the victim or perpetuator is, a criminal is a criminal. He/She must serve his time if found guilty by a competent court.

      Mike - 2012-03-12 21:51

      My sentiments exacty ISO,they commited murder for heaven 's sake to a homeless man for no reason whatsoever and their 12 year sentence is still very leanient and they should at least serve it in full.If it was my country of birth Botswana they would have been hanged up long time ago.

      djmain1 - 2012-03-12 23:04

      I agree - these guys are scum (even if their daddy's are rich). I smell corruption here - someone's palm was greased to get them out. What kind of human being beats a homeless man to death for fun - they are psychopaths and should never walk free in society EVER!

  • Dmitri - 2012-03-12 21:32

    Why did only two get released and not the other two? Did rich daddy grease some hands or is the "Broederbond" still active??? (Just a thought). Personally, they should sit out their sentence. 4 against 1 (a homeless guy) - real bloody heroes these plonker are!!!!

  • ralph.schminke - 2012-03-12 21:34

    If you do the crime, you better do the time. Our justice system seems to be just as corrupt as many other spheres of government.

  • Emile Myburgh - 2012-03-12 21:39

    I had lunch at a restaurant in Pretoria a few weeks ago when Reinard Tiedt and his girlfriend were also at the restaurant. He was dressed very snazzy and they could not let go of each other. Not a bad life for someone on parole.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-03-12 22:38

      They should still be in prison.....poor justice!

      djmain1 - 2012-03-12 23:06

      Hope you spat at him. Pure scumbag!

      Fanie - 2012-03-12 23:19

      Why did you not ring the police. he was breaking his parole conditions.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-03-12 22:35

    After they have finished their investigation they should not stop there but proceed to investigate the Shaiky one.

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-12 22:48

    Why are some lives are worth life in jail and others only 3 years to 12 years in Jail...These boys should do 25 years like everyone who have committed murder.

  • Fanie - 2012-03-12 23:16

    A judge gives so many years ,then a couple of stooges on a parole board gives them parole. This equation = pay off. How can two men getv off for good behaviour and the other two not. this is 1+1= 3. Does not make sence. These two were arrogent murderers and there is no way you get off after 3 years good behaviour. It means all murderers can now come out off jail for good behaviour. Yes this must be investigated and if thier was a fidling of somthing then back they must go.

  • Fanie - 2012-03-12 23:20

    Mr Zuma for once in your life be assertive and do something about this.

  • Johnathon - 2012-03-13 00:01

    I may be stirring the pot, and could be off the mark, but a recent murder case caught my attention. A very young and innocent 17 year old black youth, bludgeoned to death his employer ( An ex prominent South African Politician ) with a large iron bar and a panga, all for R300 his employer is alleged to owe him. He admitted to the crime, and pointed out the crime scene to the Police. His defence rose immediately to the sweet, gentle, youngster’s defence, claiming that because of his tender young age, he did not fully understand the consequences of a confession. Therefore not a single statement or any interaction with the police so far, could be submitted into the evidence, ensuring that his constitutional right were not abused. As devil’s advocate, I wonder what sort of comments would be flowing across this site, if a couple of innocent, sweet, underage white boys, bludgeoned and hacked to death, in such a pleasant manner, one of the untouchable ANC politicians presently in Power. Would be very interesting indeed, to read the vehement, angry, ugly and abusive comments that would flow.

      mary.kircher - 2012-03-13 00:38

      I'm interested - tell me more. I do agree , were positions reversed - the opinion would be very different.

      mary.kircher - 2012-03-13 01:30

      please contact me

  • Glenys - 2012-03-13 12:02

    You are so wrong - they are not paying for the rest of their lives-bet your bottom dollar they are at home laughing!!!! There is no justice unless you have money, doesnt matter what colour you are, or where you are - wake up and drink the coffee if you think different

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