Waterkloof Four: Frikkie du Preez released on parole

2014-12-20 09:11

Convicted killer Frikkie du Preez, one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, has been released on parole.

“The department can confirm that the offender has been released on parole as per order of the parole board,” correctional services spokesperson Logan Maistry said yesterday.

He said if an offender had served half their sentence, they were eligible for parole.

“If the offender violates the parole conditions, they will be put back into custody.”

The Waterkloof Four – Du Preez, Christoff Becker, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt – beat, stabbed and kicked a homeless man to death in Moreleta Park, Pretoria, on the night of December 1 2001. The victim was never identified.

They were found guilty of murder in June 2005. In May 2008, the High Court in Pretoria rejected their bid to appeal.

They were released on bail on February 11 this year, after serving five-and-a-half years of their 12-year jail terms.

Du Preez and Becker’s parole was revoked when a video emerged of the pair drinking what appeared to be alcohol and using a cellphone in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria where they were serving their sentence.

The pair was sent back to prison on February 28.

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