Waterkloof killers released

2011-12-19 12:15

The department of correctional services will release two of the Waterkloof Four killer on correctional supervision "with immediate effect", deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise said in a statement this afternoon.

City Press understands that an urgent court application, which was to be heard by Judge President Bernard Ngoepe at 2pm today, was cancelled but this was contradicted by Jenny Brewis, the lawyer acting for the convicted killers.

In the statement, Modise said Reinach Tiedt and Gert van Schalkwyk will be released from the Zonderwater Prison outside Cullinan today, subject to the conditions set by the Pretoria Regional Court.

"The department is complying with immediate effect with the orders of the court by placing the convicted murderers (Reinach) Tiedt and Gert van Schalkwyk on correctional supervision on 19 December 2011, subject to the conditions set by the Regional Court," said Modise.

According to Zonderwater prison officials Tiedt and Van Schalkwyk were being released immediately.

However, Brewis said they were still on their way to court to ensure that the agreement to release the two men was binding.

She said they would ask for a cost order against the department for legal fees spent on the two court orders which were ignored by correctional officials.

In 2008 Tiedt, Van Schalkwyk and two friends, Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez, were convicted after a protracted battle to stay out of jail.

They were all aged 16 at the time of the murder in 2001 of a homeless man and were sentence to 12-years imprisonment each.

On Friday High Court Judge Eben Jordaan sentenced Zonderwater’s area commissioner Tozamile Tana and prisons head Tivani Makasana to thirty days in jail for contempt of court for ignoring the court orders.

Jordaan ordered the two to appear in the high court on January 24 to tell the court why they should not be jailed for contempt of court.

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