Becker appeals his rearrest as nonsensical, department disagrees

2014-06-25 00:00

CHRISTOFF Becker (27), one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, who is held in total isolation in the Kokstad maximum prison, gets very little exercise and few telephone calls. He will ask the Pretoria high court to be released on parole again because his personal freedom is urgent.

While Becker argues in his court papers he was arrested while on parole for nonsensical reasons, the prison authorities say he should not have been released on parole in the first instance.

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said in its court papers Becker was moved from the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria to Kokstad, South Africa’s safest prison, because a cellphone was found in his prison cell.

This is a serious violation of prison rules, especially while Becker’s previous violations, which were recorded on video, are still fresh in the DCS’s memory.

Becker and Frikkie du Preez (27), another member of the Waterkloof four, were rearrested in February after a video, which they filmed shortly before their release on parole, started doing the rounds.

Du Preez is still in Kgosi Mampuru.

Becker’s urgent court application will be heard on Friday. DCS is opposing the application.

Becker said in his appeal he was at home when the Sunday papers carried an article about him and Du Preez holding “a party” in prison.

Becker said in his papers the “party” was in his cell, G4/21 in Kgosi Mampuru after gym and before lunch.

He, Du Preez, Hennie Castelyn and Jacques Maringa were in their cell.

He said in his papers no liquor was used at the party, which was filmed by Castelyn. Becker said the pictures of Johnny Walker and J&B whisky bottles on his screen was a screen saver.

The computer is still in the cell, after he donated it for Castelyn and Maringa to use.

Becker said he did not transgress his parole conditions and was arrested illegally. He said the cellphone found in the cell which he shared with 21 other prisoners was not his. “There were phones everywhere and I asked to be moved from the cell because I could see it would end in trouble.”

The DCS said Becker’s attitude showed disrespect and arrogance and that he was incapable of accepting responsibility for his bad behaviour.

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