AS IT HAPPENED: Day 7 of the Van Breda triple axe murder trial

2017-05-08 09:55

The Van Breda murder trial headed into day 7, where the De Zalze Estate’s security was further scrutinised.

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08 May 15:34
Court is adjourned. 

08 May 15:33
Rossouw says she recalls that hen the cars arrived and lights shone on them, they ran off. So attempt, but no actual entry. She says security officers react very quickly. 

08 May 15:32
If there is no camera, one would never know, Botha tells her.

08 May 15:32
Botha asks how someone managed this in four minutes. Rossouw says if it had been more than one person.

08 May 15:31
Botha says info received of an incident occurred in June 9 2015, with an alarm going off at zone 23 - Spier gate - someone was sent out and when they arrived the energiser was upside down, cables damaged, hole in the fence.

08 May 15:19
The next day it was confirmed that power dip caused the activation. Two different alarms - one would alert the controllers, the other would be caused by a dip in power and responders would not be sent out, Rosouw says.

08 May 15:12
At 01:41 a patrol was conducted. Both who were on duty denied that they had been there, Botha says. Rossouw says she can't recall. Galloway objects, says both witnesses said if was long ago and they couldn't remember everything.

08 May 15:03
The explanation on the four activations indicate a dip in the electricity levels. Rossouw says this is definitely the case.

08 May 15:02
Rossouw says she cant answer as she isn't an expert.

08 May 15:01
Energiser electrifies two zones, inside a kiosk which protects the energiser. It is protected by a beam.

08 May 14:58
Rossouw says she can't confirm what causes these activations.

08 May 14:52

Did you check that it's alarm tests? 

Rossouw: no I didn't do that personally.


08 May 14:52
26 January at 1:08 - first alarm on. What activated this? Rossouw says when a fence test is done, that is when the alarm is activated. It is logged

08 May 14:50
Botha asks if she saw there were more than the four "alarm ons" on the report. She says she did.

08 May 14:49
Rossouw asks if the information Botha used should be available from Thorburn. Rossouw says it should be.

08 May 14:47
A preliminary report was compiled by one Jean Botha, after the incident on instruction by Rossouw. According to him, the murders occurred between 2 and 3 that morning. Rossouw says she doesn't know where Botha got this information.

08 May 14:43
If Henri's card was used morning of the 27th, he wouldn't necessary know.

08 May 14:42
Henri says his father had one attached to his car keys, his mother used another, then the other three were used by the children.

08 May 14:41
Botha says the Van Bredas had five access cards.

08 May 14:41
We are back!

08 May 13:47

08 May 12:51
Court breaks for lunch.

08 May 12:51
Botha refers to past burglary and theft at Kleine Zalze; access was gained by breaching the fence near river entry point. Spotlights and an extra guard were recommended. Rossouw says these were not in place in January 2015. She says there was an optic camera.

08 May 12:31
Botha says on one occasion when he visited the estate, he saw a unmarked vehicle with member of press taking photos of the house. The reporter had said he was going to the restaurant and had gone to the estate where he had taken photos of the house instead.

08 May 12:29
Restaurant, winery and wine tasting area is the other side of the bridge. These close at a certain time, and public would not be able to access it any more.

08 May 12:27
Bridge across Kleine Zalze onto the estate did not have access control, Botha reads form the report.

08 May 12:25
According to report, additional cameras were recommended for one point - zoom cameras could not detect far distances, recommended thermal cameras.

08 May 12:22
February 2014 the upgrade was planned, Rossouw says. Fence was part of the first phase.

08 May 12:21
The report reads that CCTV camera footage is inadequate, Botha says.

08 May 12:20
According to report, about 35% of the fence under CCTV cameras. Vast areas could not be seen by the cameras. The camera system did not change between 2012 and the night of the murders.

08 May 12:17
Among these are worries about pedestrian access into and out of estate; since then, Rossouw says, domestics and gardeners could decide on whether they want to walk or drive in with taxis; contractors and employees may not walk on the estate, and were to be transported instead.

08 May 12:14
Botha says according to a report by Thorburn Security surrounding security concerns in 2012, former security manager Jaco Pietersen said areas flagged as problematic were still there when Rossouw took over in 2014.

08 May 12:12
Botha says he planned to show the court evidence of rocks being used to cover holes in the fence.

08 May 12:07
Botha asks about a hole being made and covered with a rock. Rossouw says the person would have to dig deep, and there was the possibility that he would get shocked.

08 May 12:05
Judge Desai asks if it would be possible to dig a tunnel. Rossouw says one would have seen signs of this. There were no signs of this, nor footprints, damage or wires being cut.

08 May 12:04
Botha asks about the anti-dig foundation, says large sections of the fence don't have it. Still is that way, Rossouw says.

08 May 11:58
At the Eskom gate there was no camera, Rossouw says. Whole fence now covered by cameras after 2015.

08 May 11:56
Spier connecting gate also has a camera, but also a light. Airfield gate also has a camera needing light, which there was, Rossouw says.

08 May 11:49
Botha points out camera would need light to spot a person on the footage.

08 May 11:47
She adds that the camera would however pick up if a person had breached the fence.

08 May 11:46
Rossouw concedes that entry is possible if someone activates fence - with a branch, for example - at a zone, and enters at the already activated fence and runs into the property,  alarm would be triggered.

08 May 11:41
Activations would be seen by control room in Parow, contacts the security officer who then checks what caused the activation. It remains on until reset once it's resolved.

08 May 11:35

08 May 11:31

08 May 11:28
When two wires touch - one earth, one live - the alarm is activated

08 May 11:09
Rossouw now being cross examined by Adv Pieter Botha.

08 May 11:06
Rossouw worked at Spier for 14 years as a risk manager.

08 May 11:05
 Rossouw says there was nothing in their records of that night indicating anything suspicious.

08 May 11:04
Any noise or incidents would be reported by residents - there is an emergency number for residents to call. No reports from that night. This number is sent out regularly, Rossouw says.

08 May 11:03
People said they had heard a car speeding; there were no complaints reported the night. Suspect it could be the person who delivers the newspapers.

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