'Waterkloof 2' released from prison

2011-12-19 14:05
Pretoria - Two of the so-called "Waterkloof Four" were released from Zonderwater Prison outside Pretoria on Monday, the department of correctional services said.

"They are [being] released as we speak," said spokesperson Zacharia Modise at about 13:30.

He said that Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt were at the community corrections centre where they will have to report to in terms of their parole conditions.

Prison authorities initially ignored the Pretoria Regional Court's order on Thursday for the release of the two under house arrest.

Modise's statement came shortly before an urgent application was about to be brought before the North Gauteng High Court in a bid to force the department to abide with the ruling of the Regional Court.

Modise said a statement on the matter would be released by the department shortly.

He insisted that the department did not agree with the order that the pair be released on parole.

"We are not happy with the court order. We want to challenge this."

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’ imprisonment.

Van Schalkwyk and Tiedt have served three years of the sentence.

The remaining two were being held in another prison and not included in the release order.
- SAPA

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