Blue Bulls murder plot case postponed

The case against the woman accused of conspiring to kill Blue Bulls rugby player Deon Helberg was postponed to February 25 in the Pretoria Magistrates Court today.

The postponement was intended to allow the state time for further investigation.

Manda Reyneke (47), a bookkeeper from Silver Lakes, was granted R5?000 bail last November and volunteered to check herself into a mental institution.

She allegedly hired two men to kill Helberg after he broke off their relationship.

He had been involved with Reyneke’s 21-year-old daughter Jalien.

The court heard previously how she threatened the two Nigerian men she allegedly hired, saying she would “find someone else in Centurion” if they did not kill Helberg.

The Hawks arrested her at the Value Mart shopping centre in Pretoria last year, after she allegedly handed money to the Nigerians, whom she believed had killed Helberg.

The two “hitmen” worked with the police to catch her, and showed her a staged picture of Helberg lying in a pool of blood as proof that they had done the job.

Magistrate Edmund Patterson today lifted her bail condition that she not leave Gauteng, following a request by Reyneke’s lawyer, as her daughter attended school in Mpumalanga.

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