Deadline set for decision on Becker’s parole

Correctional Services has been given 14 days to put together a board to reconsider Christoff Becker’s parole.

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.

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department has been given 14 days to put together a new parole board to decide whether one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, Christoff Becker, should get parole.

The High Court in Pretoria has ordered that the department consider parole for Becker.

Becker, Frikkie du Preez and two others were labelled the Waterkloof Four after being convicted for the beating to death of a homeless man in Pretoria in 2001.

All four of them were released on parole earlier this year.

But Becker and du Preez's parole was revoked after a video emerged of the pair drinking alcohol and using a cellphone in prison.

The department has welcomed the decision by the High Court to reconsider the cancelation of Becker's parole.

The department's Mthunzi Mhaga says, "We will requisition him from Kokstad Prison to Pretoria."

The court set aside the parole board's decision in February, revoking Becker's parole.