“Tiedt and Van Schalkwyk have no knowledge of any of the allegations pertaining to unauthorised possession or use of any device to record or photograph the alleged activities of Christoff Bekker and Frikkie Du Preez,” their attorney Jenny Brewis said in a statement yesterday.
Her clients had had no contact with Bekker and Du Preez since Tiedt and Van Schalkwyk had been transferred to the Zonderwater Correctional Centre in December 2008, Brewis said.
“The so-called Waterkloof Four met again on February 11 at the Department of Correctional Services when the foursome were placed on parole.” Brewis said her clients had had no contact with Becker or Du Preez since.
The statement came after a video of Becker and Du Preez, allegedly drinking alcohol and having a party in a prison cell, went viral on social media, prompting their re-arrest for 72 hours while the Department of Correctional Services conducted an investigation.
Corrections and Civil Rights Movement (CCRM) president Golden Miles Bhudu said in a statement yesterday preferential treatment continues to be given to offenders who are wealthy. “This kind of special treatment for certain offenders who are connected politically, socially, and economically is absolutely nothing new.”
He said several high-ranking officials at the department of correctional services should be fired. “And the time is now to send a clear message that the rot that starts from the head must be smacked there.”
“Waterkloof 2” was one of the trending hashtags on Twitter yesterday.