Cape Town - Two men convicted of robbing and abducting actor Brett Goldin and clothing designer Richard Bloom, who were later murdered, were released on parole on Wednesday.
Nurshad Davids and Jade Wyngaard, who were jailed for 12 years in 2006, were under house arrest and had been fitted with electronic monitoring devices, the Western Cape correctional services department said.
The pair admitted during the trial that they, together with Shavon Marlie and Clinton Davids, went to Camps Bay on April 15, 2006, to steal a car, and encountered Goldin and Bloom, spokesman Simphiwe Xako said.
At gunpoint, they forced Golding and Bloom into Bloom's vehicle, then drove away, leaving them with Marlie and Davids.
Goldin and Bloom's naked bodies were later found alongside Cape Town's M5 freeway, each shot once in the back of the head.
Davids and Wyngaard were each sentenced to 15 years for robbery, abduction, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Three years of their sentences were suspended for five years.
The men have served eight years of their sentences.
Xako said the pair had participated in a rehabilitation programme.
“We are very satisfied with their progress and somewhat optimistic they won't reoffend.
“The department is (focused) on rehabilitation, rather than about locking people up and throwing away the key.
“All offenders come from society and go back to society.”
The parole conditions included that the men refrain from alcohol and drug abuse.
“They can only seek employment during the day but must return home at night,” Xako said.
Goldin's mother, Denise, said the family respected the parole board's decision.
“We lodged objections at each of the parole hearings. We did object, but this time we weren't heard.
“We have no control over it, we have to put our trust in the parole board.”
She said the family hoped that Davids and Wyngaard had been successfully rehabilitated and would “make something good of their lives”.
The pain of losing a child had not diminished with time.
“It's not easy... The more time goes on, the more you miss your loved ones,” she said.