First meal out of jail: 3 cheeseburgers

2011-12-20 13:22

Johannesburg - Gert van Schalkwyk, one of the so-called "Waterkloof Four", ate three double cheeseburgers and drank a chocolate milkshake after being released under correctional supervision.

He told Beeld newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday that he learnt in jail the value of small things, such as "fresh air, green grass and time with your family".

Van Schalkwyk said he had realised long before being sent to Zonderwater Prison, outside Pretoria, that he had "made a mistake" in December 2001, when he and three friends murdered a homeless man, who was never identified.

He said it was difficult to explain how he felt after being released on Monday and that it had not really sunk in yet.

His brother had showed him how a BlackBerry cellphone works.

"I don't know these things."

Van Schalkwyk and one of his co-accused, Reinach Tiedt, were released under correctional supervision after serving three years of a 12-year sentence for the murder.

The other two co-accused are still being held in Pretoria Central Prison.

  • luvuyod - 2011-12-20 13:32

    rsa is such a crappy place.. shaik gets off.. Gert van Schalkwyk, gets off ..eish yah

      Blade - 2011-12-20 13:34

      Zuma gets off...

      Paul - 2011-12-20 14:09

      selebi will get n free past sa must get n new cime system eish

      Dewald - 2011-12-20 15:36

      The whole government, luvuyod, the whole government. They get off with your money and you get the T-shirt!!! Idiotic government voted in by idiotic people.....

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-20 17:59

      I doubt this sort of thing is unique to rsa though?

      Dante - 2011-12-20 18:07

      luvuyod fact is that if an example should be set you would expect it from government officials rather from a 16 year old boy.why are the people in RSA so lawless?look at the example the government sets.

  • Mike - 2011-12-20 13:33

    Cheeseburgers? Mmmpppfftt! Hookers and beers are the first I would have gone for! But then that's just me. He might have got lucky in prison and that's why he went for the food first.

      louiza.frohlich - 2011-12-20 14:21

      Mike, they are not allowed to consume alcohol!!

      Mike - 2011-12-20 20:59

      Louiza?! Seriously, wtf, are you for real, you could not read the tone of my post?

  • Jay - 2011-12-20 13:35

    Oh shame you poor thing, 3 years behind bars for murder is nothing!

      Wouter - 2011-12-20 17:47

      jay all he did was apply to what was on the table from CS and the parole board agree. Yes he and the other 3 did kill someone and ja they have to go to jail but he only submit a request what's avail to him and by the way all others can apply too....and yes they will be set free so what we need here is to change the rules on parole...not to get pissed of to those who apply

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-20 13:35

    It's nice to hear how real humans appreciate life after jail. The other half get released and proceed to quickly commit another crime to show their appreciation of freedom..

      RSole - 2011-12-20 14:14

      @Sharkshoot or is it SharkSh!%. If they are what you call "real humans" then you realy need evaluate your criterea to be considered a "real human"

      sean.looney - 2011-12-20 14:16

      just interested to find out who the "other half" are in your comment?

      Lerato - 2011-12-20 15:04

      Its only been a day or two since his release, give him few months, his arrogant attitude and ego will send him right back!!!

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-21 09:03

      Ironic that only one side of the population are given media coverage. The other half are in prison more often than not...makes one think. I guess we're more real...

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-21 09:20

      Lerato on what basis do you come to that conclusion? Socio-economic crimes are the most common crimes in South Africa with repeat offenders going back to prison just days or weeks after being released. The other side of the population make prison their second home.

  • Elle-Black - 2011-12-20 13:35

    He had "made a mistake", i wonder how many other murderers realize that they had "made a mistake"let's let them all go,after all everybody makes 'mistakes'

      mariusvandenberg - 2011-12-20 13:49

      The only thing he seems are sorry about is the fact that he got caught.

      Charmain - 2011-12-20 13:54

      how do u make a mistake when you kill someone for fun they should have sat longer. I believe the death penalty should come back but then again the ANC will lose to many votes as most in jail are Anc

  • Motjetjelekoane - 2011-12-20 13:40

    WOW! What stupid idiot wrote about this?! Must we now read about bloody murderers enjoying burgers?! I hope ......................................

  • winston.mullany - 2011-12-20 13:40

    Who cares about what you eat, you should be in prison chowing that food! That homeless man you killed had nothing to eat!

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-20 13:41

    I hope you choke on that ... You murderer!!!

  • Anton - 2011-12-20 13:42

    How can someone get 3 years for taking the life of an innocent human being while others get executed for bringing 3 kgs of drugs into a country? Does this seem fair to anyone?

      Kenneth - 2011-12-20 15:14

      3kg of drugs is enough to kill many people ...

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-21 09:35

      Deon you need help. You are openly condoning revenge killings on a public forum. Sick prig.

  • Paul - 2011-12-20 13:42

    If you take a life your life should be forfeited. You life should be spent rebuilding that which you have destroyed and not at your discretion but the discretion of the family or people you have injured

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-20 13:44

    I can't believe SA media are licking this guys behind and follow him arround like some celebrity. And he has no remourse... First things he thinks about is burgers and blackberries... Arrogant display of opulance

      mariusvandenberg - 2011-12-20 13:57

      This just proves that the law is not about who was wrong or right. It is about who can afford the best lawyers. His family then probably also complain about the high crime rate in South Africa. Is someone beat him to death you would hear them call for the death penalty.

      inwardk - 2011-12-20 14:24

      Yes I fully agree. I see no remorse whatsoever. The only reason he believes he "made a mistake" is because he got caught. Three years for murder is an insult to the victim.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-20 18:03

      I don't think the media is licking anything, its just a great story for them as it gets a lot of attention. Look how many comments it gets, its all about hits. They're missing Malema as he is also a great topic to get everyone worked up. Sells papers, simple.

  • Kurt - 2011-12-20 13:50

    Well lets hope he has learned his lesson as a life no matter who you are is a life taken. Hope it taught him to be humility as well.

  • Michelle - 2011-12-20 13:51

    Ah Shamepies, I really feelso sorry for you!!maybe if it was your child or family member u would have a said something else!!or maybe just grow a heart!!!i really feel sorry for u!!!

  • Jeremy - 2011-12-20 13:55

    Paints a seriously sad picture of our legal and justice system. No matter what the circumstances surrounding what happend these 4 men murdered a man and they should serve their time! I get that everyone makes mistakes, but this really sets a terrible example to our youth. May God have mercy on you souls and may the victime rest in peace!

  • Oceanh - 2011-12-20 13:55

    seriously??? isnt there any real news, i doubt any of us are interested in what he had to eat.

  • busisiwe.guliwe - 2011-12-20 13:58

    please 3 cheese burgers do i really care what you ate fot lunch, you killed someone

  • dave.loughton - 2011-12-20 13:59

    It would have been a "good" gesture if he ate just one cheese burger and gave away the other two to homeless street people!

  • Max - 2011-12-20 13:59

    This is becoming a reality show....a very tragic one however.

  • Bradley - 2011-12-20 14:03

    He killed some one.....

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-20 15:26


  • DestinedForGreatThings - 2011-12-20 14:03

    He shoulda been another homeless man's first meal as soon as he walked out... Murdering piece of crap!!

  • Boris - 2011-12-20 14:08

    at least this headline is not saying something like: "paroled convict re arrested for murder and rape as well as robbery for stealing a cell phone" (as is normally the case in the NEW! IMPROVED! RSA)

  • lngroenewald - 2011-12-20 14:12

    So he went to Mc Donalds?

      shahnoor - 2011-12-20 15:39

      Mc Donalds new slogan: "We are for the community and the cons. We help rehabilitate you. Im Loving will you."

  • Sebastian - 2011-12-20 14:14

    I find the actions of correctional services in this country really shocking. They Killed Someone! and after 3 years they cut them loose, well kind of? They are murderers and they must sit out their time.. like any killer, black or white - behaving for 3 years doesnt mean you wont do it again.. no one deserves to die at the hands of another. Im happy to see so many people against this ruling!

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-20 14:23

    tsk! tsk! tsk! You people are missing the point this is a really good story did he get extra chips? steers or mcdonalds? . . . the next question, what is Shaik eating? lol news24 after seeing the comments on the last stories was it really necessary to tell us this?

  • louiza.frohlich - 2011-12-20 14:23

    So when Mandela was released was that also wrong of the prison authoroties? Just wondering??

      Nico - 2011-12-20 15:50

      You uneducated stupid piece of worthless racist being!!!!! WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR COMPARRISON FROM!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-20 18:05

      True, a strange comparison louiza? You honestly see a similarity in circumstances?

      osiilembuhela - 2011-12-20 19:08

      they will kill u son and ge free

      Hetta - 2011-12-21 09:56

      Louisa, let's talk about the differences: fun murder vs. political struggle 3 years vs. 25 years etc........

  • Malcolm - 2011-12-20 14:24

    Crazy they deserve the death penalty and they get three years

  • Rodney - 2011-12-20 14:31

    the article didn't mention whether he got freedom fries with his cheese burger.

  • Brenda - 2011-12-20 14:33


  • Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-20 14:40

    Goal!!!!! Media 1 - Readers 0 ... Why are they reporting this? maybe they want us to be in some sort of tension. Anybody up for commenting on the Julius PEC article??? :-)

      Cameronl - 2011-12-20 15:16

      about the julius article shhhhoooooooweeeeeeee people are peeest off about this, I cant blame them one bit cos Im one of them. How the hell did he manage to get elected AFTER being suspended from the ANC. I think the ANC ought to have a song made for them called "We retards keep marching onwards finding new dynamic ways to ef this country up evireee dae"

  • Mark - 2011-12-20 14:49

    Why is the media trying to turn these murderers into celebs?

  • Alex - 2011-12-20 15:00

    All the things his victim will never enjoy again. Pathetic coward.

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-20 15:11

    is there any point to this story, do I really want to know what the hell he ate???!!!???? Come on now please print something decent for me to sink my teeth into

  • Annerie - 2011-12-20 15:21

    ARGH PLEASE! We can learn alot from China!!!!!!!!!!

  • Toze.Pina - 2011-12-20 15:22

    This so-called meal shows you that he is not only a murderer, a coward and a racist - he's also frickin brain damaged!!!

  • Peter - 2011-12-20 15:35

    I heard the food is better than take aways !!in Jail

  • Heiku - 2011-12-20 15:41

    Somebody needs to kill this ahole

  • George - 2011-12-20 15:43

    SA and China are two different countries. Anyway, the sentence they got is not setting a good example. 15 years for accepting gifts from a long time friend, and 12 years for murder with an option of house arrest. Which one would you prefer if you were a wannabe criminal? I bet it would be the latter. Our justice system discourages people from being friendly with each other. My friends should not expect any gifts this festive season. It is risky.

  • Ann - 2011-12-20 15:48

    I think it's disgusting that you can kill someone and then just serve a three year sentence. Does life really have no value?

  • Bianca-Anne - 2011-12-20 15:51

    House arrest - I did not know that allows people to go out and have a burger at Steers - since it is HOUSE arrest - however it is actually a violation of his sentence agreement. If it starts this why soon he will be walking the streets like nothing has happened. Tomorrow the lady from Welkom also behave in jail and then also want house arrest. It has created a presedent, we are not willing to take the consequences for. It is unfair.

  • mikz24 - 2011-12-20 15:52

    does this murderer need more publicity???!!!! News24 obviously does not understand the meaning of NEWS. Who cares what this criminal ate?! Who caares that he cannot work a blackberry?! lol

  • Theo - 2011-12-20 16:10

    I did many many stupid things as teenager and in my youth. Some of them could have gotten me into trouble. Even though assault and subsequently murder was definitely not part of it, being naughty sometimes gets out of control and regret always comes too late. I hope youngsters see things like this and realise that something which at the time seems like fun, could change your life forever and not always for the better. I have learnt you can be naughty and still be nice, and of course safe, but this came with age...

  • Virginia - 2011-12-20 16:31

    It's truly proof that the punishment does not fit the crime in S.A. Let's not forget for one moment that you killed someone intentionally - pity they will never enjoy the fresh air and 3 hamburgers and milkshake. This was a savage killing by 4 ********************

  • Riaan - 2011-12-20 16:33

    Stop the press! He had a cheese burger. OMG! A cheese burger? This is the biggest news since the attack on the world trade center.

  • Dave - 2011-12-20 16:37

    I've seen a lot of bullsh*t stories in my time but this takes the cake.

  • alan.carstens - 2011-12-20 16:58

    I'm sure Blackberry has been around for more than 3 years ?!?

  • Enlightened - 2011-12-20 17:44

    Black, white, those days are gone. Being homeless is enough torment for anyone. spitting on someone who is already down is one of the most vile crimes one can comit. What the did should be categorised with raper and murder. I seem to recal they were sent to jail in 2007/8? And doesn't know how a blackberry works? as for 15 hours of community service per week? whats he going to do with the spare time? Make it 10 hours daily of hard supervised labor. we could then consider cuttting the remaining sentence in half. In my view, it must be ensurd that they will never ever want to return to prison and that they understand the full seriousness of what they've done. Sorry. I have no sympathy. The other side of the coin is, I understand that 2/3 of the sentence has to have been served?. Will this not be a precedent to free government cronies at leisure?

  • Stephen - 2011-12-20 18:04

    Hope the poor man did not have Mcdonald's cheeseburgers, because he may still be starving. Even if i did the Size-up he could still be in trouble. I would have gone for a full Nando's extra hot Chicken with trimmings.

  • Ruan - 2011-12-20 18:43

    ....cheeseburgers....???- still don't know how to appreciate the finer things in life, hey ? You cheapskate...i would rather have gone for s'thing more, steak.....

  • Nurse - 2011-12-20 18:49

    Pity he didn't choke on the cheesburgers... oh well, maybe next time...

  • Colline - 2011-12-20 18:57

    some serious strings have been pulled for these douchbags. hope you choke on your next cheese burger!