AS IT HAPPENED: Security scrutinised in Van Breda Trial

2017-05-03 09:50

The Van Breda trial resumed at the Western Cape High court for day 5 of the proceedings.

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03 May 14:56
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03 May 14:56

Galloway asks for court to be adjourned.

The next witness will be De Zalze Estate manager. 


03 May 14:48
On the day of the murders, Afrika finished his shift and on his way out, saw his manager heading towards the vicinity of Goske Street.  He found out that night what had happened, he said.

03 May 14:45
Road runs alongside the fence, so he doesn't walk a distance from the vehicle to check it, he says.

03 May 14:43

In 26 January when he reported for duty, all was in order with the electric fence. On that day, there were no issues with the fence, Afrika says.

In the past when issues with the fence were picked up, Afrika himself would pack bricks to cover it temporarily and inform maintenance. It will be closed the next day, he explains.


03 May 14:40
Afrika said security worked in pairs, so both would hear the alarm if alarm is activated.

03 May 14:39
Afrika stated in his report that on the night of the murders, he checked the whole fence for any holes.

03 May 14:38
Defence reading out Afrika's initial statement of his report. Afrika's initial statement said patrol took approximately 2 hours.

03 May 14:38

03 May 14:21
Court in back in session. The cross examination of former security officer Lorenzo Afrika will continue.

03 May 13:00
Court breaks for lunch.

03 May 12:50
Afrika says some homes also have their own security.

03 May 12:45
 Combrink says one of Afrika's colleagues said he had no alarms that night, same as Afrika. According to a report of the alarm activations, it had gone off three times during his shift. Afrika maintains that he did not know about this and he was not dispatched.

03 May 12:44
Combrink has the report form Thorburn Security - responsible for security at the estate - of the night in question. Handed in as evidence.

03 May 12:43
As soon as an alarm goes off, he would be dispatched. He was not dispatched at all, Afrika repeats.

03 May 12:32
There were no problems with the 22 energisers because he wasn't dispatched, Afrika says.

03 May 12:30
Combrink asks Afrika if he knows how to open the kiosk around the energiser. Afrika says he only checks to see if it had been tampered with, but is not a technician. All the kiosks were closed that night, he said.

03 May 12:29
Between 26 and 27 January 2015, there were no activations at De Zalze, Afrika said.

03 May 12:25
Fifteen points (zones) around the perimeter physically tested per shift, meaning that the fence is activated to check the link is going through to the control room.

03 May 12:18
The night before the murders, he had checked the fence functionality at the start of his shift at 6pm.

03 May 12:12
One perimeter check takes between an hour and 1.5 hours.

03 May 12:10
Afrika is VERY prepared it seems.

03 May 12:02

03 May 11:57
Drives the vehicle to get there, walks to the system and checks in.

03 May 11:56
Afrika needs to physically go to the clocking point to clock that he had been there.

03 May 11:52
He patrolled five times around the fence of the estate during his shift. His security vehicle also had a spotlight on it.

03 May 11:50

03 May 11:43
Defence has shown photos of significant erosion underneath fence and specifically where the river enters the estate. These were taken in 2013.

03 May 11:39

03 May 11:18
Court breaks for tea.

03 May 11:14
When activated, he doesn't just drive past the activated zone, he says. He walks there to ensure all is in order.

03 May 11:10
 A dry branch doesn't activate the electric fence, but a wet one does, Afrika explains. Water and electricity, he says.

03 May 11:07
One energiser powers two security zones. When activated, Afrika checks both.

03 May 11:05
Rain water runs down towards gravel area where it doesn't connect with the electric fence. Afrika checks that there isn't erosion which could affect the security.

03 May 10:56
Combrink says river has flooded before, and Afrika says it has, and the fence would be activated as the water and electricity met. Afrika would then respond to the activation.

03 May 10:55
The photos shown to him were taken from inside De Zalze. Outside the fence, the field is municipal ground.

03 May 10:53
Afrika says the security has changed since 2013, such as double fencing.

03 May 10:48
Former security manager at De Zalze has given the defense 2013 security photos. Afrika says he recognises them.

03 May 10:47
Open field adjacent to the estate, which slopes toward the river. Bushy area alongside it.

03 May 10:46
Note: not the exact court copy. This is an estimate.  

03 May 10:41
A Google Maps printout shows De Zalze in proximity to Spier and where the river enters the estate.

03 May 10:33
During tests, he stood in front of the camera and confirmed with the control room that they could see him.

03 May 10:31
Two thermal cameras indicated. Afrika says he tests the cameras then sits in control room to check that everything is in working order.

03 May 10:29
Afrika has indicated which cameras he physically went to test every night. Combrink says he asked him to point out every camera.

03 May 10:24
Afrika says it's fixed and thermal cameras.

03 May 10:23

Adv Matthys Combrink, for Van Breda, asks Afrika to indicate where the cameras are, and which direction they face.

Afrika indicates the plan in possession of the defense is outdated, and provides them with a more recent version.


03 May 10:19
Defence lawyer Pieter Botha just handed out an amended version of evidence to Judge Desai.

03 May 10:19
Cross examination of former De Zalze security officer, Lorenzo Afrika, who was on duty the night of the murders.

03 May 10:01

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