'Waterkloof 2' still in jail

2011-12-16 10:24
Johannesburg - Two of the "Waterkloof Four" have still not been released from jail despite being granted parole on Thursday.

Department of correctional services spokesperson Zacharia Modise confirmed on Friday, that the Pretoria Regional Court had granted the two parole, but they were still in jail.

"The department will study the ruling, and in due course we will let our decision on it be known," Modise said.

Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt were due to be released under strict conditions. The two would be under house arrest, and had been ordered to perform 15 hours of community service a month, according to the department.

Van Schalkwyk's stepfather Jimmy Stonehouse said the department had not followed through on what it said.

"The department said that they must be released, but they weren't. I don't know what to say because I don't know what is going on and why this is happening," Stonehouse said.

Teidt's father Chris, had waited outside the correctional services office in Pretoria for six hours on Thursday, before the office closed for the day, The Star newspaper reported.

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.

Reports on Friday suggested that the legal representatives for all four were filing an urgent High Court appeal for their release, but Modise said he was not aware of the appeal.

He said the department was looking into the release of the four before making a decision.

"We are looking at the ruling as it applies to all four," Modise said.

On Thursday, 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."

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