Waterkloof Two’s jailhouse ?jol

2014-02-16 14:00

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A video that was shot in a prison cell shows convicted Waterkloof Four killer Christoff Becker taking selfies with a cellphone and showing off his bulging muscles while wearing nothing but skimpy shorts.

Also in the video is Frikkie du Preez, one of the men convicted with Becker for the 2001 murder in Pretoria of a homeless man.

The video, in which the two are having a party with two other prisoners in Becker’s single cell, was leaked to City Press’ sister publication, Rapport.

It was allegedly shot about a week before the pair left Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison and was sent to several of their friends.

Allegations are also being made that a friend bribed a guard to smuggle a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label and a bottle of J&B whisky to them, and Becker ­admits in the video they had drank quite a lot of it.

“This is just a further indication of the disdain that certain prisoners have for prison rules and regulations,” says Gayton McKenzie, a former prisoner who has played a major role in revealing corruption in prisons.

“The jail is controlled by money. Money has a much greater value in prison than in the outside world.

It can mean the difference between rape and freedom. It can change enemies into friends. It can make your period in jail easier and shorter. Money and power give you many advantages in jail. With money you can do anything and can achieve a lot,” he said.


Manelisi Wolela, a spokesperson for the department of correctional services, says prisoners may not have cellphones, and alcohol is also not allowed in jail.

Some prisoners who are studying may have limited access to the internet. Du Preez and Becker both studied business management during their time behind bars.

“The department regards the allegations of alcohol abuse in a prison cell in a very serious light. We will take ­action if we have the evidence and will then launch a full investigation,” said Wolela.

The pair, along with Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt, were released on Tuesday on strict parole conditions – because of good behaviour.

The conditions stipulate they may not indulge in excessive drinking, they may not talk to the media and may only travel if it is to do with work.

They will also be visited by a parole officer once a month.

In the video, Becker speaks to the camera, saying: “It’s a nice weekend in jail here. We’re having a great time [he bursts out laughing] and this is Farmer Hennie [referring to one of the other prisoners]. We managed to get a bottle of something. Let’s show you here on the computer.”

The computer screen flashes a picture of a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label and a bottle of J&B.

Du Preez says: “This is what Francois sent us. We are trying to warm up so that we do not disgrace you when we come out.”

At one point, Becker is standing in front of a mirror taking a picture of himself. “You can see Chrissie is wearing a – gee, look at this light – Stormers hat.”

Becker wanted to say something else, but then “Farmer Hennie” interrupts him, pulls the camera to himself and holds up a blue and white mug. He laughingly proposes a toast: “To honesty.”

Becker and Du Preez echo him. Later, Becker climbs on to his bed and says he is going to have a bit of fun. He starts speaking to his girlfriend outside the prison.

“Okay, just look down there, baby.” He turns the camera to the small square of greenery in the prison grounds.

He crumples up a blanket and says: “This is my Chanté.” He bundles the blanket up tightly and holds it against his chest. “Then I hold it like this and then I go to sleep.”

Becker’s friend Francois Lubbe told Rapport he was the “Francois” ­referred to in the video, but he denied smuggling alcohol for them.

“I did send them a photo of alcohol. I always bought it for them before they went to jail,” Lubbe said. Lubbe confirmed they were drinking, “but someone gave them the alcohol in jail”, he said.

The two were teenagers when they were arrested for murder.

“Boys will be boys. Christoff and Frikkie don’t really care about the ­video. It happened in jail and doesn’t affect their parole conditions.”

McKenzie says the department should investigate the video. “I think they will immediately be returned to jail. There are many prisoners who have a shorter sentence to serve than the Waterkloof Four, but who are still in prison.”

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