The Waterkloof Two’s parole has been revoked and they can only reapply for parole in a year’s time.
Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez will spend an additional year behind bars after the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board announced their parole was cancelled yesterday afternoon.
The two men, together with Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt, were convicted of murdering a homeless man when they were 16 years old. They spent five-and-a-half years in jail and were all granted parole two weeks ago. They were initially sentenced to 12 years in jail.
A video then emerged of Du Preez and Becker, who appeared to be drinking and partying in their cell before they were let out on parole. The video was posted on YouTube and was allegedly taken using Becker’s phone – despite a ban on inmates having cellphones.
The Department of Correctional Services rearrested the two on February 16 and launched an investigation into their actions, as well as those of correctional service officials at the Kgosi Mampuru prison. The department said in a statement the two men would be eligible for parole in a year’s time.
“This confirms the zero tolerance stance of government, and the Department of Correctional Services, towards ill-discipline among inmates, parolees and officials,” the department said.
Oeloff de Meyer, lawyer for Du Preez and Becker, said he would only have details about the board’s decision on Monday. “I will then consult with my clients,” he said.
Van Schalkwyk and Tiedt remain on parole and have maintained a low profile since their release.
When the controversial video emerged, Van Schalkwyk and Tiedt’s lawyer sent out a statement saying they were not aware of their former friends’ shenanigans. According to their parole conditions they cannot speak to the media.