Waterkloof killer: I just want to go home

2011-12-19 18:45

Pretoria -  He just wants to go home, Reinach Tiedt, one of the Waterkloof Four, said following his release on Monday afternoon.

“I just want to go home. I’m happy to be going home,” he said when leaving the head office of the department of correctional services in Pretoria at 16:20, accompanied by his father.

Tiedt was placed on correctional supervision after serving part of a 12-year sentence for killing a homeless man and assaulting another. He and three other men, among them Gert van Schalkwyk, started serving their sentences in late 2008.

Van Schalkwyk was also released on Monday afternoon, through the Cullinan regional correctional services department.

This comes after prison authorities initially ignored a court order for their release.

Tiedt, dressed in grey shorts, a red t-shirt and running shoes, carried a bulky bag full of clothes. A “777” tattoo was visible at the back of his neck.

He spent just over two hours at the head office of correctional services where he was informed of the conditions of his parole.

Golden Miles Bhudu, president of the South African Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr), said Tiedt’s release was a “fallacy of justice”.

“The court was lenient in the first place with the 12-year sentence,” he said.

Bhudu has called on inmates to flood the high court with applications for the conversion of their sentences to correctional supervision.

  • africanhope - 2011-12-19 19:09

    Seriously? Well, you should have thought about that before you killed an innocent man. You committed the ultimate crime, I do not care what you want. You need to serve your time. That is life, you took a life, you forfeit your wants.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-12-19 19:27

      @africanhope. I agree 100%. There is no justification for their release. I am not sure if it is a "Fallacy" of justice but it certainly is a travesty of justice. What a shocker.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 19:50

      Two problems here. Firstly the release, but also Correctional Services ignoring a court order. Since when do they decide what they will and will not do?

      Harold - 2011-12-20 07:41

      The victim was an unknown person found with stolen goods on his person taken from a house in the neigbourhood. He had a wound on his leg sustained while climbing over a balistrade fence at that house. Shame Africanhope you are just another South African calling every thug in town a victim. Maybe those 16 year old kids were also victims of a society that was have forced on them in 1994 when free criminals started roaming the streets of our country.

      Robi - 2011-12-20 08:01

      Harold, do n't cloud the fact that an innocent person died as a result of poor thinking from young boys. The boys were not the justice system to sentence the homeless man to death. Being in possession of goods meant the boys should have called the police. Those boys were not related to the neighbourhood you claim the goods were stolen from. Brother, crime is crime and corrective measures had to be taken against them. Your thinking and anology justifies killing and it is totally wrong to think so. Do not promote immoral behaviour and contribute @ all cost to make this country a better place for all including the homeless people

  • Nurse - 2011-12-19 19:19

    You can go home, you can forget about what you did, you can even try to fool other people... BUT THE DEVIL IS WAITING FOR YOU... enjoy your "freedom" while it lasts you scumbag.

      Jako - 2011-12-19 19:58

      judge not lest ye be judged

      Leendert - 2011-12-20 01:39

      @Jako - what a STUPID comment to make. So you are in favour of killers and rapists to go free, because, after all, sending them to prison means that @Jako would run the risk of going to prison for being a murderer/rapist. What an idiot.

  • george.viljoen - 2011-12-19 19:22


  • george.viljoen - 2011-12-19 19:23

    Luckily the two bad buggers are still in jail !

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-19 19:23

    The dead man will never utter the words "I want to go home". You and your friends will never find peace for what you all did, murdering an innocent man.

  • Thabani - 2011-12-19 19:30

    I'm in utter disbelief. Murderers are being let go only after serving 3 years. Poor people can just be eliminated without any serious consequences. So sad.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-19 19:39

    Do a Shabir Shaik.......Headache

  • Carlos - 2011-12-19 19:39

    He just wants to go home... I'll tell you where he should be going, the same place he and his mates sent the poor homeless victim of their "fun" moment. This whole sorry episode was yet another nail in the coffin of relations between the races in this sorry country.

      Thabo - 2011-12-20 14:19

      Spot on Carlos.

  • Nicky - 2011-12-19 19:51

    I am sure the "dead guy" would also have liked "to just go home"!!!!

      Jako - 2011-12-19 19:59

      he had no home, pay attention

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-20 09:13


  • Irene - 2011-12-19 19:54

    Enjoy sleeping in your own bed tonight boys!

      africanhope - 2011-12-19 20:11

      Something the victim can not do. Shame on them!

      Irene - 2011-12-19 21:01

      @AfricanHope ~ He was homeless, so I seriously doubt he had a bed!

      africanhope - 2011-12-19 21:11

      What's your point? He might found a home by now, and a bed, but now that will never happen, because of these fools. And what are you saying, his life was worth less cause he did not have a bed? How ridiculous!

      Mathilda - 2011-12-19 22:08

      Irene, you are seriously messed up, what a lousy statement to make about the victim.

  • Seja - 2011-12-19 20:18

    This is insane ... you dont just go around hurting/killing people for fun! Hope those boys go out into the world and make a positive difference and not just go back to their privileged lives and pretend nothing happened!

  • Sam - 2011-12-19 20:27

    A “777” tattoo was visible at the back of his neck. AWB emblem

      Hetta - 2011-12-19 21:05

      Let's hope you're wrong on this one, and that the 777 wasn't meant to be the AWB-emblem.

      Wall - 2011-12-19 22:44

      Really? Since when is it an AWB emblem? As far as I know, it's a Christian symbol...

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-20 09:16

      @SAM that was stupid... so a casino machine is a AWB toy? i lol'd hard!

      PaasHaas - 2011-12-20 12:19

      Terreblanche always said that the AWB symbol was not a variation of the Nazi swastika, its was the the Christian symbol of 3 sevens. So yes it is the AWB symbol and this newly paroled boy is alligning himself with that organisation. Hoerskool Waterkloof must be so proud of its favourite sons.

  • Delani - 2011-12-19 20:41

    Am I right in saying that the two men released were not the ones who committed the actual murder? What they did was absolutely wrong, even as spectators but I do also agree with the statement in previous articles that regarding these two men specifically, they are no threat to society and that is why they should not be the tax payer's burden. There's plenty of cases where inmates have their sentences shortened, this should not be a ratial thing, it's just big in the news because it was such a high profile case.

      Nurse - 2011-12-19 21:07

      They didn't exactly try to stop the murder from taking place, did they? Complicit and just as evil and the ones doing the dirty work if you ask me. People who commit fraud get longer prison sentences than these two. That is why some of us are up in arms. I wouldn't trust anyone who could stand by and watch and innocent person get killed for fun, in cold blood. Not a threat to society you say? Please...

  • Nkosinathi - 2011-12-19 20:53

    If it was in China justice would be given to those killers, but because our constitution respect murderors, corruption what can we say. Bribg back the rope and lets get rid of criminals starting with politicians down to ordinary citizen who comit crime like these boys.

  • marina.poniatowska - 2011-12-19 21:51

    Daily there's murderers walking serving less time. Why all the uproar?

  • Peter - 2011-12-20 01:19

    The Neo-Nazi triskele is a symbol resembling a three armed swastika, used by several “Christian” white supremacy organizations and other hate groups. The arms are numerals, “777,” numbers derived from the Book of Revelation symbolizing triumph over the Antichrist. -

      Peter - 2011-12-20 01:23

      So Mr Teidt I guess in this case good triumphed over evil?

      nothile.dlamini1 - 2011-12-20 14:12

      I think the Christian sign found in Reveletions is "666"...not 777....

  • Leendert - 2011-12-20 01:38

    THREE years for murder???

  • Max - 2011-12-20 05:02

    These four people killed another human being, it doesn't matter what their motivation was. Some did the killing and some just looked on. All four of them got their respective sentences based on their involvement in the crime and should serve these sentences. Another killing took place not so long ago in broad daylight in front of the cameras by a mob of people with their faces clearly visible and their identities known. Some did the killing and some just looked on. Not one of these people are arrested yet. They killed another human being, it doesn't matter what their motivation was, they must be prosecuted. What is wrong with our country and it's people? Just imagine what must go through the onlookers' minds when they just stand there while another human being is being kicked and stoned to death. Anyone who lacks the basic human attribute of empathy to the extend that he/she can be a bystander at any one of the fore mentioned two incidents will never be suitable to walk freely in any society.

      Silvana - 2011-12-20 06:53

      Their motivation was fun. In my opinion that makes it worse. The two that were allegedly merely spectators could have phoned mommy or daddy to pick them up if they didn't want to be a part of it. I'll bet you that while they were "spectating" they were having a great time. Don't compare these scumbags to a mob.

  • Silvana - 2011-12-20 06:41

    You just want to go home? All the homeless man wanted, was to live. You're a bunch of spoilt malcontents. You punishment wasn't severe enough. Wonder how much clout Pik Botha still has?

  • Harold - 2011-12-20 07:31

    Mr Budu It is very irresponsible for an ex con to encourage other convicts to try to disrupt the overloaded justice and correctional system because he does not agree to a court decision. What a hypocrite one day you call for more correctional action and now you call for retribution. And since when have you become an expert on court decisions. Tell us what you have done to understand this case and what information you have that makes you want to do such a stupid action.

  • Lynette - 2011-12-20 07:59

    You want to go home? What about the person you and your buddies killed. I'm sure he also had dreams of living a better life. No empathy from me!

  • grabe1 - 2011-12-20 08:16

    notice to all homeless...don’t be homeless in the vicinity of these guys houses...I also think car gaurds, street vendors and Jehovahs witness should try and avoid this area :-)

  • lerouxwellen - 2011-12-20 08:25

    Now that white men get released it hits headlines what about the hundreds of others that does not even get jailed for there crimes. Come on people think for yourselfs.

      Betweenuandme - 2011-12-20 14:00

      Err, sweetie, 2 wrongs don't make a right...

  • lerouxwellen - 2011-12-20 08:27

    now that white men are released it hits headlines what about the others that does not even get jailed or to serve there sentice they deserve. Come on people.

      Zozo Last-born Mahlangu - 2011-12-21 06:41

      i dnt get u nw Mnr u tryng to say that they were right to kill innocent burger eish man stop ths thinking of urs crime z crime no matter whu did it.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-20 09:24

    this is going to encourage him to go murder again because there are no consequences whatsoever, you kill you go free, where are yhe ministers to interevene, A life is lost and somebody must be accountable

  • Westvaal - 2011-12-20 09:25


  • Jannie - 2011-12-20 09:28

    these four will end up in jail again.

  • Valerie - 2011-12-20 12:21

    These killers will always be "homeless and heartless" but the man they killed, is now in a heaven's home.

  • Jeremy - 2011-12-20 13:39

    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!

  • Steven - 2011-12-20 14:16

    Unbelievable. You four idiots gave us white people such a bad rep with your sick K$$#!r bashing. I hope a big black guy gave it to you good in prison you gay prick. AAAAhhhh cute. Did you just want three cheese burgers when you got out. I would seriously watch my back if i was you... i think there might be some pissed off malema fans after you.

  • Thabo - 2011-12-20 14:36

    I've gotten used to calls for the death penalty when an innocent person is murdered like that, but not this time. I wonder why? . . . I guess the advocates of the death penalty are on holiday. We will hear from them at the soonest a darkie murders a whitie.

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