Waterkloof 2 'can't be forced back to jail'

2012-03-27 08:40

Johannesburg - The correctional services department cannot force two of the "Waterkloof four" to go back to jail, Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said.

"Only the court can force or determine if they have to go back to jail," The Star on Tuesday quoted her telling reporters at Pretoria Local Prison.

Reinach Tiedt and Gert van Schalkwyk were released on December 16, 2011, three years into their 12-year sentence for the death of a homeless man in 2001. They had their 12-year jail terms commuted to correctional supervision, following a recommendation by the parole board at Zonderwater Prison near Cullinan.

The department was investigating how this happened, and had suspended three parole board members and two prison officials.

"The investigation is aimed at determining if there was any collusion between members of the parole board and correctional services officers. We want to determine what actually went wrong," The Star quoted her as saying on Monday.

Correctional services commissioner Tom Moyane is challenging their release in court. According to court documents he says the decision made by regional magistrate, Peet Johnson, to release the two, should be reviewed and set aside. Moyane alleges Johnson did not keep to the terms of the Criminal Procedure Act.

  • Rudi - 2012-03-27 08:56

    If only half as much time was spent on the release of Shaik... This is tragic...

      Boitshepo - 2012-03-27 09:04

      What's tragic is murderers roaming the streets.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-27 09:34

      12 year sentence for murder or corruption is still a 12 year sentence.

      Carla - 2012-03-27 09:48

      The colour of the man they murdered is irrelevant. They brutally killed another human being and they should serve their full term in jail.

      joneethling - 2012-03-27 10:32

      Sick. Corrupt.

  • monique.feilingrawjee - 2012-03-27 08:57

    what about the other 2? must they pay the full price of what they all did together? Just shows you, each man to himself... those two little buggers are smiling and spending time with their families, when their "friends" are rotting in jail...?

      Tammy - 2012-03-27 10:13

      my question exactly - i smell a rat

      Balan - 2012-04-28 02:30

      I smell ganja, looks like Sganja is smoking again

  • Boitshepo - 2012-03-27 09:00

    This is not on!! Those 2 need to be thrown back in jail. The 12 year sentence was ridiculous to start off with, now this? That magistrate needs to be suspended! I wouldn't be surprised if he knows the families on a personal basis. Let the law run its cause!!

      Balan - 2012-04-28 02:32

      Sganja, You are a MAADHIR CHUTE

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-03-27 09:12

    Why send them back??? What about Schaik???

      Boitshepo - 2012-03-27 09:21

      Schaik didn't MURDER anyone! I don't understand why people want these spoilt murderers to be free. Murderers belong behind bars!!

      Carla - 2012-03-27 09:51

      He didn't murder a homeless man.

      Hallo - 2012-03-27 09:52

      lol only boneheads would compare murder (BY AGGRAVATED ASSAULT) with fraud.

      Skuiter - 2012-03-27 13:42

      only idiots will not see that this black anc orgy of a government uses the law to get their own off....

  • christian.denyschen - 2012-03-27 09:27

    Why is everyone complaining criminals gets released early every day one of my ex employees killed his wife very brutally if I may add but he served 1 year of a 20 year sentence. Don't get me wrong they should still be locked up for what they did. Can't anyone see how corrupt the anc has mad SA money and connections can buy you anything in this country. So let's forget the race issue and look at the real problem here.

  • meshvic - 2012-03-27 09:33

    "three years into their 12-year sentence for the death of a homeless man in 2001" three years into their 12-year sentence FOR KILLLING a homeless man in 2001

  • Boitshepo - 2012-03-27 09:37

    I wonder how the reaction would be if it was two black boys who were set free after brutally killing a white man. I bet you no one would care about Schaik and McBride. Everyone would want justice to be carried out!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-27 10:35

      @Boitshepo. I must admit I was waiting for some-one to say what you have said. A lack of knowledge, on your side today, is a dangerous thing. There is many incidents like these two that happens on a regular basis, but being a possible sensational story, it gets carried on media reports. None of these incidents reflects a good system, including this one, but they get used selectively to create response for capital gain....or is there alternative reasons? There is two questions you should ask. 1. What is wrong with our parole system and why does it not get fixed. 2. Why do the media pray so hard on a story where race is involved while the rest of us only wants a fair system, prosper in live and move on? Thought of the day: We, as citizens, get played everyday by politicians and media for their own gain.

      Neville - 2012-04-28 08:46

      you dont have to wonder follow the Eugene Terblanche saga

  • Hallo - 2012-03-27 09:48

    Throw these chumps back in jail. People who compare this case with a fraud case need to have their head checked - or kicked in like these boneheads did to a poor homeless man.

      Balan - 2012-04-28 03:15

      Chootiya sganja

  • Shirley - 2012-03-27 09:52

    I dont think this issue should become an arguement about the length of sentence. The real problem is A-was the release above board,are the people who make these decisions equipped to do so. B. Their pending release was public knowledge before they left the prison so why only now is there this investigation? Is it racially motivated,is there no communication,or is it more sinister? We can argue till the cows come home on wether sentence was justifide,why only 2 were released etc,but the bottom line is they were released-not in a hush,hush way but very publicly,so now to turn around and say go back to jail begs the question do the people in charge know what they are doing??????

      mhlengwem - 2012-03-27 10:09

      No shirly it was in a hush-hush way. this happened during the holiday season when most of the decision makers were not available. besides, why only these two? they were four when they brutally murdered the poor black soul, in his country!

      Shirley - 2012-03-27 10:59

      I dont know where you get your info from but it was all over the news. They had to stay over the weekend,whilst waiting for papers etc to be processed! As for the poor "black" soul bit- murder is murder and knows no colour! People should stop judging this by race and sentence and look at the justice systems parole structure and those who implement releases for incompetance if there was any! It doesnt matter if they are black,white or purple-bottom line is someone released them legaly and that trail must be scrutinised!

  • mhlengwem - 2012-03-27 10:06

    Poor shaik did not kill any black/cream/white/yellow person. can you please leave him out of your narrow brain. address the issue of murderers roaming the streets because their families got rich through apartheid and therefore, can afford expensive lawyers and bribes to parole board

      Shirley - 2012-03-27 11:54

      Troll alert!

  • Jean-Marc - 2012-03-27 12:08

    @kazMazibuko - why do you have to mention murder "black" person? murder is murder, white black pink or yellow. Sounds like typical race card being pulled here - IE - LACK OF EDUCATION.

  • Konrad - 2012-03-27 12:12

    peet johnson is one of the best regional court magistrates in the country. he knows his work and will never make a mistake. sorry for the dept,they f......up,not peet johnson.

  • Balan - 2012-04-28 02:52

    Sganja, are you trying to shaft Jannine

  • jjmostert - 2012-04-28 08:52

    If only half this effort was made to stop farm murders.....

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