No proof that Gouws was paid for murder

2013-05-13 14:10
Andre Gouws (Picture: Sapa)

Andre Gouws (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - There is no proof that Andre Gouws gained any financial advantage from the murder of Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning, a police expert told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Captain Francois Moller testified he could find no indication, that any suspects in the case had paid money into any of Gouws's four bank accounts during the relevant period.

He also could not find any sign that Gouws had transferred money into the bank accounts of Henning's self-confessed killers, Gerhardus du Plessis and Willem “Pike” Pieterse.

The only payment Moller could trace between Gouws and his co-accused Ambrose Monye was a R10 000 payment from one of Gouws's business accounts, Gouws & Joubert Brokers, into an account held by Monye's security company, Big Dog Security.

Gouws and Monye, a former Nigerian Olympic athlete, have pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to murder Henning.

The young mother was shot dead in her car shortly after dropping off her son at a crèche in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, on 5 November 2011.

Planned and instigated

In their evidence, Du Plessis and Pieterse claimed that Gouws and Monye had planned and instigated the murder.

Du Plessis and Pieterse are serving 18-year prison sentences after pleading guilty to the murder.

In response to questions from Daan Mostert, representing Gouws, Moller said he had been asked to determine whether any payment had been made to any of the accused for committing the murder.

"I would say I was looking for the means to commit the crime, rather than the motive.

"The state witnesses testified that they were to be paid for the crime. The money must have come from somewhere. That's why we looked at the bank accounts," he said.

Moller said that while he had not found any sign of payments into Du Plessis and Pieterse's bank accounts, this did not exclude the possibility that they could have received cash payments.

He also conceded that the reason for Gouws's R10 000 payment to Monye a month before the murder was not clear from his bank statements.

No suspicious deposits

There were no deposits into Gouws's bank accounts that created suspicion or pointed to anyone involved in the case.

Moller agreed with Mostert that there had been no financial benefit for Gouws, who was close friends with Henning's estranged husband Nico, to commit the crime.

He said he had only analysed still images, rather than the full video, of CCTV footage, which a colleague had forwarded to him.

He told the court that he had not seen footage or photos of a suspect grey motorcycle with a single driver in the vicinity of the murder scene.

Security guard testifies

The court also heard testimony by a security guard who worked for Monye, who said he deposited R31 500 into Monye's account three days after Chanelle Henning's murder.

Adisa Olalekan said Monye picked him up on 11 November 2011, drove him to a bank, gave him the money in cash, and asked him to deposit it into Monye's account.

He said he counted the R100 notes before depositing the money and handed the deposit slip to Monye.

Afterwards, Monye drove him home and gave him R1 000.

Olalekan insisted the money belonged to Monye and that he was not repaying a loan.

He said Monye had loaned him about R4 500, which he sent home to Nigeria after his father died.

He had repaid about half of the loan within a few weeks of the funeral and Monye told him there was no need to pay back the rest.

Olalekan said Monye had paid him R2 500 a month. He said if he had R31 500 in cash, he would have been able to attend his father's funeral.

He testified that Monye had been like a brother to him and that they loved each other.

"His condition now really affects me," he said.

The trial continues.


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go! - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


Spontaneity and bright ideas are emphasized today but there is a tendency to be too impulsive and you may want to keep a handle more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.