Release of Waterkloof two to be challenged

2011-12-17 12:55

The Correctional Services department is to challenge the order to release two of the “Waterkloof Four” from prison.
Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt were in Zonderwater prison for killing a homeless man and assaulting another at a park in Pretoria in 2001.

Prison authorities ignored the Pretoria Regional Court’s order on Thursday for the release of the two under house arrest. “We have taken that matter on appeal and will deal with it on Monday,” said spokesman Zacharia Modise.

Correctional Services was also instructed to appear in court in January to explain why they had not released the two men. Van Schalkwyk, Tiedt, Christoff Bekker and Frikkie du Preez were sentenced to 12 years after they were convicted in 2008.

Van Schalkwyk and Tiedt have served three years of the sentence. The remaining two were still in prison and not included in the release order.

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