Waterkloof 4 man training with Pumas

2012-01-31 08:53

Pretoria - Gert van Schalkwyk, one of the so-called "Waterkloof Four", has been included in the Pumas rugby team practice group, according to a report on Tuesday.

Pumas president Hein Mentz told Beeld newspaper Van Schalkwyk played for the Pumas before he started serving his sentence in 2008.

Van Schalkwyk is among a group of four boys convicted of killing a homeless man in a park in Pretoria in 2001. He was released from Zonderwater Prison outside Pretoria on December 19, 2011.

Mentz said Van Schalkwyk was not getting paid for playing for the Pumas but they were giving him the chance to prove himself.

"He already served part of his sentence and we are in no position to judge him. He needs to find work and we will see if he is good enough," Mentz told Beeld.

"It has been a while since he was on the rugby field, but he has talent. The Pumas management will receive a report from the coach about him and then the decision will be made on whether he will make the cut."

Jimmy Stonehouse, Van Schalkwyk's stepfather, is the Pumas' coach, the newspaper reported.

Mentz emphasised to Beeld that the rugby practice he attended, in eMalahleni, complied with the correctional service supervision conditions for his release.

  • Moss - 2012-01-31 09:08

    New SA,murderers treated like gold fish!!

      Jou - 2012-01-31 09:21

      The government leads the way in this regard. Criminality is accepted and indeed a vital necessity for getting a job. He has done the time at least. He did not take the cowards way out and feign illness. Give him a chance to redeem himself o' judgemental one.

      procold2 - 2012-01-31 09:34

      Stonehouse is his stepfather and the coach,if i was him i wouldnt let him be in the limelight,he is connected to a lot of bussinesmen that can givehim a job to prove himself and also i dont know if these four guys deserve to be out yet and if they have really repented and paid for what they did.

      Schalk - 2012-01-31 10:38

      Murderers can get senior government posts - case in point: McBride. Why can they not play rugby? At least he served his sentence which is more than what the ANC murderers did. Their crimes were whitewashed by the TRC.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 09:10

    OMG, this is in poor taste! Let him work elsewhere.

      Chris - 2012-01-31 09:22

      Stormers ? LOL

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 10:12

      @ Chris: Good1, Left myself open for that 1, but no thanks LMFAO

  • Joseph - 2012-01-31 09:27

    lets bygones be bygones

      Karabo - 2012-01-31 09:49

      Did he serve for what he did? If he took responsibility for what he had done, then he must move on with life.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-31 09:50

      Would you say that if the person killed was your relative? Would you still feel that he should be rewarded for his crimes?

      Seri - 2012-02-10 15:41

      @Joseph...BYGONES BE BYGONES? what a nonchalant statement considering a like was lost!

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  • modo - 2012-01-31 09:53

    I don't get it. A robber with a BB gun gets murdered, drug mules get exucuted and everyone on this site seems to think it is justified. But an actual unprovoked murderer gets released from jail prematurely and everyone here seems happy for him to be forgiven and reintegrated into society. Am I the only one that sees the ridiculous hypocrisy here?

      werner.smidt - 2012-01-31 10:49

      The little prick is probably smug as hell.

      Brett - 2012-01-31 11:15

      Almost as bad as the murderers that became government ministers...

      ludlowdj - 2012-01-31 13:00

      MODO the days of seeing ridiculous hypocritical ended when the ANC released the struggle murderers. And yes I've heard all the arguments about them being freedom fighters and fighting a corrupt repressive government...jada jada..... but the bottom line is that murderers like McBride and company have no claim to any leeway as their targets were innocent civilians not military or government personnel.

      gordcragg - 2012-01-31 18:09

      ludlowdj, what on earth does the ANC have to do with this story? By bringing this up you are admitting it is pure racism. Surely it is better to condone none of these things! How are we meant to progress as a society with an objective morality if everyone is so intent on applying different standards to different groups of people?

  • Hallo - 2012-01-31 10:07

    Goodbye Pumas sponsors - if this chap is not kicked off the team. Served his sentence my a**

  • Bennie - 2012-01-31 10:18

    Wonderful how murderers are well looked after in our country!! Our new celebrities!! viva SA viva!

  • Emma Forder - 2012-01-31 11:57

    It is disgusting that not only has his sentence been shortened for killing a man but he has now been released and is doing what he loves...playing rugby! He should start off from the bottom and earn respect ( at least from the very few that he will get the respect from) and earn the countries respect.

      imurdoch2 - 2012-01-31 12:55

      Correctional Services saw fit to release him on parole, obviously he is not breaking the terms of his parole by training with the rugby team. Your gripe can not be with him in these circumstances, rather have a go at the system if it is not working as you think it is.

      bluzulu - 2012-02-10 18:05

      Not a good look for the sport of Rugby.

      William Steven Pearson - 2014-12-18 08:14

      Oh yes Emma, I was wrong all these years, taking part in a sport is not good for a person, it will definitely lead to absolute evilness. It sadness me how backward we are. They are minors, don't forget that, especially 1 day if you have kids that age. We should be trying to mentally rehabilitate them.

  • Dale - 2012-01-31 12:49

    Attack and kill homeless defenseless people? They should all have received life sentences with NO option of parole.

  • Tshifhiwa - 2012-01-31 14:00

    Now they must release the farmers killer's as well

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-16 13:12

      they don't arrest or convict them fool!

  • Edith - 2012-02-10 15:44

    @imurdoch2 They are supposed to be under house arrest not parole.

  • bluzulu - 2012-02-10 18:03

    one man's murderer is another man's FREEDOM FIGHTER. The environment when Mcbride did his deed dictates his actions.

  • Howard - 2012-03-12 22:59

    Send him back to prison. Will never watch a Puma's game again. Boycott their sponsors

      Jimmy - 2012-03-16 12:19

      Ashwin willemse was in jail, and became a springbok? Did you boycott the bokke sponsers or supersport?

  • Howard - 2012-03-12 23:32

    Never buy a Ford product

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