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Pretoria - Both of the so-called Waterkloof two were shocked by the initial news that they had to return to jail, but if they have no choice, they aimed to make the best of it.
This is according to a social worker’s report earlier handed to the Pretoria High Court.
They have gainful employment and are running successful businesses, and their return to prison would cause them a lot of hardship. This is according to an affidavit submitted to court by Gert van Schalkwyk in a bid for him and Reinach Tiedt to remain out of jail.
Apart from being inconvenienced by returning to jail, this also interfered with Van Schalkwyk’s plans to soon get married. Tiedt was 15 and Van Schalkwyk 16 when they, together with their then friends Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez, killed a homeless man in 2001 in the east of Pretoria.
While Becker and Du Preez are still serving their sentences in Pretoria Central Prison, Van Schalkwyk and Tiedt had a 19-month stint outside jail following an earlier order converting the remainder of their 12-year prison sentence into correctional supervision. They will, however, have to return to jail in a week.
Van Schalkwyk stated that Tiedt was currently the operations and general manager of a private company called Prima, which manufactures flour to supply to bread manufacturers. He was instrumental in starting the business. Tiedt, it is said, is the key player in the day-to-day running of the business and he had four employees under his supervision.
Van Schalkwyk said he had shares in a number of companies. “Shortly after my release from prison I resumed my career as a rugby player and played professional rugby for the Pumas Rugby Union.”
He resigned and started a rugby club in Pretoria East, known as the Eastern Eagles, with a co-player and friend.
According to him, apart from his business activities he also managed the club in his spare time by recruiting players, arranging matches and getting sponsorships.
“My business activities involve, among others, that I own interests in several businesses which I started after my release from prison, with a friend who is my business partner. We bought property near Boschkop which we developed into a business premises where we have a supermarket, a takeaway restaurant, a car wash facility and office space.”
Van Schalkwyk said he employed 24 people in his business.
Van Schalkwyk told the social worker it would be emotionally difficult to return to prison, but he remained positive in this regard as he believed it was God’s will.
Tiedt expressed feelings of fear, anxiety and shock at returning.