Murderer gets parole

2012-12-12 12:27

Pretoria - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has granted a convicted murderer parole after the Minister of Correctional Services failed to decide four months ago whether to release him, according to a report on Wednesday.

Cornelius van Wyk would be released from prison on day parole on January 1, The Star newspaper reported.

Van Wyk was sentenced to three life terms in September 1994 for three killings in October 1991 in Makhado, Limpopo.

He was 20-years-old at the time and was part of the right-wing National Socialist Partisans.

The department reportedly initially refused to consider his application for parole, but Van Wyk took the matter to court and an order was made that the department deal with him under the parole laws in effect when he was sentenced.

The laws allowed him to apply for parole after a shorter time in jail than the current laws for those sentenced to life.

According to The Star, the parole board recommended that he be granted parole, but the minister failed to make the final decision. Van Wyk went to court to demand that a decision be made.

On August 28, the court gave the minister a month to decide and no decision came and the deadline lapsed.

Van Wyk's lawyer Julian Knight said the minister would have to explain why he disregarded a court order.

Correctional Services spokesperson Logan Maistry told The Star: The department has noted the content of the court order relating to Mr Van Wyk. The matter is receiving the necessary attention."

  • kalabafazi - 2012-12-12 12:36

    The minister could not see the parole requests over a bucket of kfc. He should be arrested for blatant contempt of court. Due to this act of negligence we have another murderer back on the sreets no doubt looking for a bit of revenge.

      mariuskowie - 2012-12-12 13:12

      I doubt if KFC was involved. The minister is setting a fantastic example for the population. Next time you are ordered by court, just ignore the court order. If the minister can ignore court orders, then anyone can ignore court orders. Until the minister is found in contempt of court and suitably punished, court orders are of no value. So the lawlessness breeds from the top down.

  • thoka.mphoka - 2012-12-12 12:55

    One is going to blame the other. Remember there was some shuffle in the ministers positions.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-12-12 12:58

    Of course we need the courts now more than ever. They not only have to apply the law but they are also saddled with the task of doing the ANC politicians' work. It's a sad state the ANC got us into.

  • stephan.steenkamp1 - 2012-12-12 13:04

    Life sure as hell doesn't mean life anymore!!!

  • lulama.mkunqwana - 2012-12-12 13:10

    It is interesting to note that, when one gets a life sentence it means a life out of prison.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-12 13:12

    in the ANC staff handbook this is classified as: super efficient

      gideon.walt - 2012-12-12 13:29

      Give that Minister a Bells, with his award!

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-12-12 13:17

    why? Take him back to the boeremag.

  • zuma.compound - 2012-12-12 13:31

    If the ANC hadn't abolished the death penalty we wouldn't have these problems.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-12-12 22:27

      Zuma I have to agree with you. The murders and rapes and disregard for the law is unheard of. There is no deterrent whatsoever anymore!

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-12-12 13:36

    So what , it's a free country and if those in leadership are useless whose baby is it ? They go free every day and the sky doesn't fall . The minister was busy dishing out tenders to relatives just in case results in Mangaung are no favourable .

  • japie.bosman - 2012-12-12 13:53

    The ANC has not really have anything to do with this matter, as van Wyk was sentenced to life under the old Correctional Services Act, that was in effect since apartheid days until 2004. It was just that the Department of Correctional Services never applied the policy correctly, and in fact, van Wyk should have been considered for parole 5 years ago already. So him getting released now is just the law being applied correctly.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-12-12 13:54

    And thats how the rest of the country is run. They are to lazy to look at paper work. They are more worried about there pay and all there big fancy cars. just how many criminals are being let free because these top idiots are to lazy to do there work???? PATHETIC

  • ayanda.moeti1 - 2012-12-12 14:23

    In my "perfect world" the prisoner would be dead by now. Why should any person who commits that type of crime be free??? Useless...

  • Johan Botha - 2013-03-20 15:56

    This is really pathetic. I understand the courts frustration but rather issue an order saying that the minister must appear in court at a certain date and tell the court if this scum is going to released or not? Now the minister must use extra tax payers money to go to court again to have this overturned. And by the way. 3 lives taken and he is just going to serve 19 years!! And this is fair to the victims? How?

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