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Warm welcome for 'Waterkloof Four'

Christoff Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinardt Tiedt were released on parole.

Frikkie du Preez, one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, walks after being released at the Correctional Services parole office in the Pretoria CBD on 11 February 2014. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - The so-called Waterkloof Four on Tuesday received a warm welcome from friends and family outside the Department of Correctional Services offices in the Pretoria CBD.

The four men were released on parole earlier in the day.

Christoff Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinardt Tiedt were sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2001 for murdering a homeless man.

Wearing large black sunglasses and designer clothes, Becker's appearance belied the fact he had just finished serving his sentence.

Christoff Becker, one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, walks after being released at the Correctional Services parole office in the Pretoria CBD on 11 February 2014. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.
Christoff Becker leaving the the Department of Correctional Services offices in the Pretoria CBD.

Becker slipped on a helmet, jumped on the back of a motorcycle and sped away.

Teidt left the parole office alone.

Reinarch Teidt, one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, walks after being released at the Correctional Services parole office in the Pretoria CBD on 11 February 2014. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN. 
Reinardt Tiedt

Van Schalkwyk held hands with a female companion and du Preez was reunited with his parents.

Gert van Schalkwyk, one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, walks after being released at the Correctional Services parole office in the Pretoria CBD on 11 February 2014. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN. 
Gert van Schalkwyk. All pictures: Barry Bateman/EWN.

About a dozen friends had gathered at the office from early Tuesday morning, carrying a banner saying, “Welcome back Chrissie and Frikkie”.

A social worker and a case officer interviewed the four before being released, to ensure they understood the conditions of their parole.

South Africans took to social networks to voice their opinions following their release.

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