AS IT HAPPENED | Willem Breytenbach granted R50 000 bail with conditions

2019-12-05 09:52

Alleged sex offender Willem Breytenbach is expected to appear in court for the first time.

Media executive Willem Breytenbach is arrested

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05 Dec 11:36

Alleged sex offender Willem Breytenbach granted R50 000 bail with conditions

Alleged sex offender Willem Breytenbach has been granted R50 000 bail during his first appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.

05 Dec 10:58
#Breytenbach is granted R50 000 bail with those conditions. Magistrate reminds him to have no contact, even via social media, with complainants. Matter postponed until February 4 for further investigation. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:58
Deon Wiggett agrees to be named

05 Dec 10:52
#Breytenbach State asks that bail be set at R50 000 with conditions. These include signing at police station three times a week and remaining in Groot Brak area. Must also surrender passport and not have contact with complainants. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:52

05 Dec 10:51
Willem Breytenbach sits in court. (Jaco Marais)

05 Dec 10:38
#Breytenbach Magistrate Oliver: It is in the matter of public interest for matter to be reported on and I will allow photos of accused before and after court session. No videos or televising proceedings. No naming of witnesses. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:34
Media is prohibited from taking and publishing pictures of the investigating officer, state prosecutor, and defence

05 Dec 10:32
Court orders that victims cannot be named

05 Dec 10:28
#Breytenbach Magistrate Oliver: Due consideration must be given to all involved, administration of justice and public interest. Accused also has rights to dignity and innocence until proven guilty. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:16
To recap, there are two charges against Willem Breytenbach. One of indecent assault and one of sexual assault. State prosecutor Carmen Daniels says additional charges could be added. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:12
Journalists for News24, Netwerk24 and eNCA have addressed magistrate on applications to take photos and video, explaining public interest and how some complainants came forward of their own accord and identified themselves. Court adjourned for 15min for decision. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:09
Daniels, for the State, asks court not to grant media applications at this stage. She says first complainant was 16 at the time. First charge is indecent assault, because alleged crime in 1997 was prior to Sexual Offences Act. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:08

Media executive Willem Breytenbach was arrested on December 03, 2019 in Mossel Bay.

Breytenbach was accused of rape by Deon Wigget and he was arrested after Media24 uncovered sexual assault allegations levelled against him. (Jaco Marais, Gallo Images, Die Burger)

05 Dec 10:03
Loots also objects to photos being taken of Breytenbach inside court, saying it is also prejudicial. Adv Daniels, from the State, says at time first complainant was under 18 and have to protect those who come forward. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 10:00
Loots: I understand there are two charges against Breytenbach. Videotaping at this stage would be extremely prejudicial to the accused because the investigation has not been completed. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 09:59

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05 Dec 09:58
Advocate Hanri Loots is representing Breytenbach. He says he has only had three minutes to consider applications by the media to take photos and video. Tweet from @JennaEtheridge

05 Dec 09:56

ANALYSIS | From Kroonstad to Three Anchor Bay: How Willem Breytenbach got away for 40 years

Between Kroonstad and Three Anchor Bay, Willem Breytenbach spent the prime of his adult life - what now appears to be an undeniable fact - as a sexual predator and got away with it. For 40 years.

05 Dec 09:53

MY ONLY STORY | A podcast series and live investigation into a sexual predator

Deon Wiggett, in a four-part true crime podcast supplied exclusively to News24, tracks down the man who sexually abused him more than 20 years ago. Here is a wrap of all our coverage on the man described as a bullfrog.

05 Dec 09:52

05 Dec 09:52

Alleged sex offender Willem Breytenbach to apply for bail

Alleged sex offender Willem Breytenbach is expected to apply for bail when he makes his first appearance in court.

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