Waterkloof Two convict punished for phone

2014-04-01 00:00

CHRISTOFF Becker, one of the so-called “Waterkloof Two” was among a group of prisoners who were caught with cellphones in their possession during a surprise inspection on Saturday.

In total 134 cellphones were taken from other prisoners.

Following a disciplinary hearing on Sunday, Becker may not get any visitors or make any calls for the next 31 days.

Gauteng regional commissioner for the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Zacharia Modise, yesterday confirmed that Becker’s latest “sentence” of 32 days for this punishable offence had started on Sunday.

The DCS will decide in the coming week if Becker will be moved to another prison.

Becker appeared before a disciplinary committee on Sunday.

He is a group A prisoner, who enjoy certain privileges based on their good behaviour, like phone calls, visitors and unlimited movement inside the prison.

Modise said Becker’s status may be reconsidered.

“He will no longer enjoy these privileges,” Modise said.

Becker had allegedly bought a Samsung Galaxy for R1 200 from another prisoner, but Modise said prisoners may not receive or keep money.

He said money is paid to the DCS by family members and the DCS informs the prisoners how much money they have available.

Group A prisoners may spend R400 in the prison shop, group B may spend R300 and group C R200.

There is no limit to how much money can be deposited for a prisoner.

Becker and his friend Frikkie du Preez were rearrested shortly after their release on parole on February 18 from the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, after a selfie video of the two in prison had started doing the rounds.

They will have to serve at least another two years of their sentence. They are currently sharing a cell with 23 other prisoners.

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