‘If I cannot have him nobody will’

2010-11-21 08:09

“I am sorry, I cannot help it, I still love him.”

This was what 47-year-old Manda Reyneke told the mother of the 21-year-old rugby player whom she allegedly tried to murder.

Reyneke, a resident of the luxurious Silver Lakes estate to the east of Pretoria, spoke to the mother of her intended victim at the police station she was brought ­to after ­being arrested by members of the Hawks earlier in the day.

She allegedly hired two Nigerian men to murder Blue Bull Deon ­Helberg, but the men contacted the Helbergs and told them about the plot.

Reyneke was arrested after she paid the Nigerians upon receiving a posed MMS photo showing Helberg ­lying dead in a pool of blood.

She might appear in court tomorrow on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Meanwhile, Reyneke’s daughter, Jalien Reyneke (21), told City Press in an exclusive interview yesterday that her mother did not negotiate with the Nigerian “hitmen” to kill Helberg “but to destroy him emotionally” as he had allegedly done to the Reyneke family.

She admitted that both she and her mother had had romantic relations with Helberg.

Jalien, a student at the University of Pretoria, said the love triangle began when she and Helberg dated as pupils at HTS Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

“Deon was like a son to my mom and dad. They even bought him a car. But Deon and my mother fought like husband and wife, which was very strange.

“I discovered an SMS my mother sent him and I said he should immediately walk out of my life.

“My mother and I didn’t talk for a while and I went overseas, but we sorted out our issues.

“Our whole family is behind my mother. I don’t want to defend my mother and badmouth Deon, but what is currently being written in the newspapers is not entirely true.”

Jalien again stressed that her mother never wanted to kill Helberg.

Helberg’s mother, Marlene, who went to the police station to see Reyneke said: “She said she was grateful that Deon was not dead.”

At first Reyneke told Marlene she had not wanted Helberg to be murdered. She had just wanted his legs ­broken so that he could not play rugby any more.

Marlene said: “I feel very sorry for her. I told her I will pray for her. I don’t hate her.”

Helberg’s mother, who lives on a farm in the North West, said: “I give my child the benefit of the doubt,” when asked about her son’s alleged involvement with both Reyneke and Jalien.

Reyneke’s obsession with her child started about three years ago, Marlene said.

Reyneke allegedly told the Helbergs that she would make his life “hell” and “if she could not have him, nobody will”.

Jalien said: “Deon destroyed our family. He wants to have it both ways.”

Helberg is currently involved in a new relationship, but the family wanted to protect the girl’s identity, the player’s mother said.

Helberg is in hiding and did not want to comment. Johan Lourens, his uncle, said the family would stop worrying only once the court case had been completed.

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