AS IT HAPPENED: State cross examines witness on safety at De Zalze in #VanBreda trial

2017-10-25 10:58

The murder trial of Henri van Breda has continued in the Western Cape High Court where the defence has presented their fifth witness,a former security manager at the De Zalze Estate in Stellenbosch.


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25 Oct 14:41
Court adjourns until October 30.

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Galloway concludes cross-examination.

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There has to be a sign if you say someone gained access to estate, Galloway says. Pietersen says he noted where it was possible.

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There are no cameras inside the estate, only perimeter, Pietersen says.  

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*Court resumes*

25 Oct 12:59
Court adjourns for lunch, Galloway to continue cross-examination when court resumes.

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Pietersen says if camera doesn't see you, alarm will alert to presence. Thermal camera can already spot someone 20m from fence.

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"Estate security officer Edgar Wyngaard, the night shift commander on January 26, 2015, previously testified that they had good security infrastructure and strict protocols."

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Galloway says witnesses who testified say they felt safe at De Zalze. Pietersen says perhaps previous incidents not communicated. 

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Sees this as exceptional circumstances. Galloway asks why he has footage.Pietersen says deleted original footage. Had bits, pieces. 

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Pietersen explains estate security manager's position. Managing and overseeing security operations. 

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Defence concludes questioning.

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Another photo showing contractor's gate. One could possibly get over it, Pietersen says.

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Pietersen says he could see panga in the man's hand. Judge Desai says he can't see it. Pietersen recorded it on phone from screen. 

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Video clip from May 2013 being played. Shows footage of man supposedly armed with panga.

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Guards responded and didn't immediately see the gap? Correct, Pietersen says. Difficult to spot due to background.
Guards responded and didnt immediately see the gap? Correct, Pietersen says. Difficult to spot due to background.

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Pietersen says 5 incidents occurred during his tenure. In one, person gained access underneath Spier gate, fiddled with camera.

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Pietersen says 20cm gap covered by rocks. Another space before electric fence starts, says 40cm gap, he points out. 

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Airfield gate had anti-dig foundation. Stops people, animals from digging underneath. Limited to residential, farm boundaries. 

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Pumphouse near R44 easy to climb and gain access to De Zalze before barbed wire installed, Pietersen says

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Photos taken by Pietersen while employed at De Zalze. Showed typical damage to fence caused by the river. 

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Bridge at Kleine Zalze river was also a concern as it allowed public access to restaurant and guest house, Pietersen says.

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Lists all the camera types and its positions at the time of his employment.  

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Adv Botha asks him about insufficient camera coverage, with only 35% of De Zalze's fencing under surveillance.

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