Waterkloof Four: Inmate ‘blackmailed’ Becker’s mother

2014-06-28 13:05

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An investigation into whether a man defrauded the mother of one of the Waterkloof Four is under way, the Hawks said.

“I will confirm that we are working on a fraud case but no one has been arrested,” said spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko today.

He couldn’t give further details.

Beeld newspaper reported today that Mariette Becker, Christoff Becker’s mother, had been blackmailed by an inmate in the jail where her son was imprisoned.

The man allegedly demanded that Mariette pay him R30 000 or he would leak videos, which he claimed could land her son in trouble with the Department of Correctional Services.

Becker and three others were released on parole in February after being jailed for beating a homeless man to death in Pretoria in 2001.

Becker and one of his co-accused, Frikkie du Preez, were rearrested five days later after footage emerged of them allegedly drinking alcohol and using a cellphone at the Kgosi Mampuru prison.

The high court in Pretoria yesterday dismissed an urgent application for Becker’s parole to be reinstated.

The video, reportedly taken on a cellphone, was posted on YouTube.

It was unclear whether the video was linked to the alleged blackmailer.

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