Back to jail for two of the Waterkloof four

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Two of the so-called Waterkloof four, Reinach Tiedt and Gert van Schalkwyk as set to return to prison after gross wrongdoing by the parole board and the case management committee after for their sentences to be converted to correctional supervision.

GAUTENG - Two of the so-called Waterkloof four will be sent back to jail after the Correctional Services won the appeal to the conversion of their sentences.

Reinach Tiedt and Gert van Schalkwyk were released early because of gross wrongdoing by the parole board and the case management committee.

The Correctional Services has welcomed the High Court’s decision, ordering them to return to Zonderwater Prison on July 10th.

Tiedt and van Schalkwyk, along with Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez, were sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in 2005 for murdering an unidentified man, and assaulting another.

The two were released after serving three years and four months of their sentence after Zonderwater Prison Parole Board applied for their sentences to be converted to correctional supervision.

“The board did not follow due process in the application for the conversion of the sentence as prisoners are legible after only three quarters of their sentence has been served.” said Chief Deputy commissioner James Smalberger.

The case management and parole board chairs were dismissed last year between August and September respectively, after a disciplinary hearing last year.

Several other persons were dismissed according to Smalberger.

Smalberger said, “Person can apply for the conversion of their sentence, however the severity of their crimes is taken into consideration”,.

Smalberger says the department had to challenge the ruling, because of the dangerous precedent it created.