Waterkloof killers consider appealing jail ruling

FILE: Two of the 'Waterkloof Four' Reinach Tiedt, front, and Frikkie du Preez, 2nd from front, are escourted by a police officer to a car to take them to prison to begin their 12-year sentence for murder and assault on Monday, 11 August 2008 in Pretoria. Picture: Trevor Kolk/SAPA
JOHANNESBURG - A decision is expected soon on whether two of the so-called Waterkloof Four will appeal a court judgment ordering them to return to jail next month.

The four killers - Gert van Schalkwyk, Reinach Tiedt, Christoff Bekker and Frikkie du Preez - were ordered to serve 12 years in prison for murdering a homeless man in 2001. The young men were in school at the time the crime was committed.

A year and a half ago Schalkwyk and Tiedt had their sentences converted to correctional supervision and were released from prison.

The lawyer representing the pair, Jenny Brewis, said her clients have been through enough.

“They’re steady in their lives and pay tax. They carry on doing their own thing. At this point they want to continue with their lives.”

She said they have three weeks to launch an appeal which could freeze the order sending them back to jail.

The Department of Correctional Services said it feels vindicated and has fired at least two senior officials involved in the matter.

Parole hearings for all four are expected to start next year.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)