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Friends eagerly await release of ‘Waterkloof Four’ member

The pair had been charged with stock theft.
Photo: Supplied

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

Christoff Becker of the ‘Waterkloof Four’ will be met with open arms when he is released from prison in February, a friend has said.

Becker along with Reinach Tiedt, Gert van Schalkwyk, and Frikkie du Preez would be released on February 11 according to the correctional services department.

The four friends became infamously known as the ‘Waterkloof Four’ after they murdered a man in a Pretoria park in 2001. All four were found guilty and sentenced to 12 years.

Johan Stapelberg who is a very close friend of Becker’s said that he and along with all his other friends were over the moon when they heard of the date of Becker’s release.

“We are all just waiting for the 11th February. We as his close friends are now just planning something special for him and his family so that we can all be with him and spend time together,” said Stapelberg.

“Now that we have a date that he is coming out is wonderful, it still feels as if it is not real, but knowing that we can have him back in the circle of friends.”

On Stapelberg’s most recent visit to the Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area (Pretoria Central Prison) he said that Becker was in high spirits and very eager to finally be released. Becker has been incarcerated since 2008.

He said that Becker never complained about anything and was always positive even laughing.

“The first time that we heard that he was coming out he said that he couldn’t wait to tell me, it was so wonderful news to hear and he was so positive,” his friend said.

Stapelberg said that Becker knew people were not going to be forgiving and there would be animosity towards him for what he had done.

“He will show everyone that he has changed, he had seen what it is like in prison and that he is a new person and that he is glad that he has gotten a second chance to make things right,” said Stapelberg.

“I just hope that the world will get to know Christoff as the person he truly is and that he has become a better person then what he even was. I also know that he has changed, he only become a better person inside and outside. I know that he will live his life in the way that he wants now,” he concluded.

Department of correctional services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said that the four were well-behaved and had completed the mandatory internal programmes.

“Legislation spells out that when an offender completes 50% of their jail term, they can be considered for parole on condition that they completed internal correctional programmes and are well-behaved,” said Wolela.

“We have very strict parole conditions. Any deviation from those conditions may result in their parole being revoked,” he said.

 

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