Waterkloof lawyers won't charge prisons

2011-12-20 12:31

Pretoria - Lawyers for two of the so-called "Waterkloof Four" have agreed not to pursue contempt of charges against correctional services officials, the department said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Zacharia Modise said an agreement had been reached with the legal teams of Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt not to pursue contempt of court charges against two senior Zonderwater Prison officials.

They had initially sought to pursue contempt of court charges against the two officials after the department failed to abide with a Pretoria Regional Court decision to have Van Schalkwyk and Tiedt's sentences commuted to house arrest.

But the pair were released on Monday after the agreement was made.

However, this did not mean that the department could not appeal their release under correctional supervision.

"Corrections is going to appeal this matter [the commuting of the sentences]. The agreement does not affect our decision to appeal," said Modise.

Van Schalkwyk was released on Monday together with Tiedt, following a court wrangle over the decision by the Zonderwater parole board to commute their 12-year jail terms to house arrest. They can apply for parole at a later stage.

Schalkwyk and Tiedt were imprisoned along with Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez in 2008 for killing a homeless man, who was never identified, and assaulting another at a park in Pretoria in 2001.

Bekker and Du Preez, serving their sentences in Pretoria Central, had not been released and there was no word as to whether they would be.

Modise said that no applications for Bekker and Du Preez had so far been received or were being processed by the Pretoria Central Prison parole board.

He said the department would oppose any decision to commute the sentences of Bekker and Du Preez.

He could not say when the appeal against Van Schalkwyk's and Tiedt's sentences would be lodged.

  • Kala - 2011-12-20 12:40

    The prison officials should be charged with contempt of court. We once again have certain people who think they are above the law. Secondly these two murderers should sit behind bars for at least another three years. Another fine example of how lenient our country has become for criminal elements.

      Inkwazi - 2011-12-20 13:02

      the only people who think are above the law here is these boys & their rich parents,

      Kala - 2011-12-20 13:10

      @Inkwazi - So you feel that its OK to defy a court order? Dont forget that website

      Piet - 2011-12-20 13:11

      Inkwazi, Welcome to the ANC ruled South Africa. I bet you it will come out that some ANC connected cadre was bribed to get this result.

      Inkwazi - 2011-12-20 13:29

      this is not about defyng a court oder, the guards were doing what was morally right, how can you let a violent convicted murderers out of prision,

      Kala - 2011-12-20 13:38

      Inkwazi - Because a Judge ordered it to be so. I don't agree with the fact that they are out, but if a court has ruled that it should be so then Correctional Services need to follow Court procedures to ensure they stay behind bars.

  • Squeegee - 2011-12-20 12:44

    This is outrageous! These guys must be prosecuted. It has nothing to do with the people released in this instance, it is about the rule of law. They showed contempt for the court and should face the consequences.

  • JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-20 12:46

    This whole thing stinks from beginning to end...

  • Piet - 2011-12-20 12:47

    this is a mockery of the current system!

  • rodfor1435 - 2011-12-20 12:51

    Seems like everybody forgets these IDIOTS are WHITE!!!!!!!!!!!

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-20 12:54

      That has got sweet-f-all to do with it. Why, pray do tell, why has colour got to do with this ? i can hardly wait to hear the 'compelling' return I will get ...

      Piet - 2011-12-20 13:05

      And they are exploiting ANC laws

      Deon - 2011-12-20 13:17

      Being white is not a criminal offence, neither is stupidity.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-20 13:08

    They should of charged them! With regards to the appeal the corrections department wants to persue, I get a feeling that this is more racially motivated than the actual release. When Schaik was released[yes I know he didnt commit murder!!!!!] why didnt the corrections department oppose that-seeing as he was terminally ill and now spends more time on the golf course beating people up than anything else! We cannot turn a blind eye to some and roll out the shackles for others.

  • - 2011-12-20 13:13

    send them back to jail in the same van as winnie,so stompie can have his justice .

  • Buck - 2011-12-20 13:20

    Seems you can always get away with murder in SA. Reason why criminals are so unafraid to take a human life, they will be out on parole in a short time.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-20 13:32

    Criminals vs. criminals Eish how does the saying go – “I am above the law because I am government employeed.

  • Bobby - 2011-12-20 15:55

    So those little racist murderers walk and spend Christmas at home. The whole case reminds one of the inequity of race and class. In the first place their sentences of 12 years for beating a man to death was ridiculous. Now they walk after spending less than half that in prison. The man they murdered, brutally and without mercy in a cold dark park, because he was black, and homeless, will never be able to return to his family, and his family will never know where he is, whether he will be coming home, what happened to him. THOSE LITTLE FACISTS WHOULD HAVE BEEN KEPT EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE!!!

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