ANC Gauteng Legislature
Waterkloof four ruling good for justice and tribute to June 16

Waterkloof four ruling good for justice and tribute to June 16

15 June 2013

The commemoration of struggle epochs such as the June 16 Youth Day should be matched by the experiences of ordinary South Africans especially how they experience services of the organs of the state, Gauteng Caucus of the African National Congress said today.

"As we celebrations the historic uprising by young people in Soweto some 37 years ago in a brave fight against the racist Bantu Education System, it is encouraging to hear the massage that "all shall be equal before the law" as it is carried; we believe; so loudly by the ruling on Wednesday by the North Gauteng High Court that Reinach Tiedt and Gert van Schalkwyk should return to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences like everyone else," said Jacque Mofokeng Caucus Deputy Chief Whip and spokesperson.

The pair, together with Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez, each began serving their 12 years prison sentences in 2008 for murdering a homeless man in Pretoria Park in 2001, but Tiedt and van Schalkwyk were controversially released at the beginning of 2012 whilst Becker and du Preez remained in prison.

Mofokeng said the party has always believed that the parole of the duo has always been cast in doubt and the ruling by the court not only set the record straight, but has gone a long way to ensure that the image of the justice system is restored.

"We are certain that this ruling makes it clear that our justice system can indeed be relied upon and that offenders are, in the South Africa of Nelson Mandela, equal before the law," said Mofokeng.

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