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Waterkloof 4 parole rumours denied

2011-12-15 15:34

Johannesburg - The department of correctional services on Thursday denied that two of the "Waterkloof Four" would be released on parole as claimed by the family.

"I can confirm that they have submitted applications to the parole board, but there are certain internal structures that have to process the application, so there has been no decision yet," Gauteng spokesperson Simphiwe Kondleka said.

Earlier, Jimmy Stonehouse, the stepfather of Gert van Schalkwyk, said his son and Reinach Tiedt would be released from the Zonderwater prison in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon.

"The parole board of the jail appointed the court to let them go," Stonehouse said.

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 the Pretoria Central Prison in 2008.

Stonehouse said he was not aware if the other two, Christoff Bekker and Frikkie du Preez, would also be released.

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

Comments
  • Humble - 2011-12-15 15:42

    Why post an article if the biggest source of confirmation is "not available to comment"... a bit wishy washy news24!

  • Kala - 2011-12-15 15:58

    I heard on the 3 o' clock news on SAFM that they were being released but under strict parole conditions. So who do we believe?

  • Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-15 16:11

    News24, was it going to be difficult for you to confirm 1st, or this is how it is done? Publish then confirm. I think some 1 there should join the govt, u make a great couple.

      Humble - 2011-12-15 16:14

      agreed :)

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-15 16:22

      Lighten up you two. You are getting your news for free, so just cut them a bit of slack. Who cares anyway about this rotten bunch of thugs. They no better than the many that are running around raping old ladies and kids. Same thing, different skin.

      Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-15 16:28

      @ibhubezi, go to the forest where your kind are kept, for free? Thats what you said? Try loggin in when u have zero mb and see if you will read anything. Or u getting the mb 4 free?

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-15 16:42

      what is this a peepee contest...

  • Deon - 2011-12-15 16:24

    They are a bit young to get a disease now, but you never know. Post traumatic stress due to being imprisoned? They should rather sit at least another 2 years (50% of time).

  • Roy - 2011-12-15 16:31

    Hope that this is not true. For what they did to that defenseless,homeless man was very bad and therefore should serve the full term. They knew they were doing wrong and must pay the penalty.

      Sbusiso Columbus Phasha - 2011-12-15 19:23

      thank you Roy! and that goes for everyone that goes n commit crime then expects a slap on the wrist

  • basilc - 2011-12-18 11:03

    According to the South African legal system, you can get 12 years for a murder, and then get out on parole after 4 years.

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