Updated | Husband of murdered KZN church minister reported missing

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NG Church minister, Liezel de Jager’s husband Werner has been reported missing.
NG Church minister, Liezel de Jager’s husband Werner has been reported missing.
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The husband of Amanzimtoti minister, Liezel de Jager (38), who was found murdered in her home, has been reported missing.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, told The Witness that the minister’s husband, Werner de Jager, was last seen by his father-in-law on Saturday, October 23 at 10 am.

Mbele added that a missing person’s case was opened for investigation at the Brighton Beach Police Station on Sunday.

The minister’s husband was reported missing while police continue to investigate De Jager’s murder.

Mbele said the matter was still under investigation.

De Jager was a minister at the NG Suidkus Church in Amanzimtoti.

She was found dead with strangulation marks on her neck in her home on October 13.

Speaking to The Witness, secretary of the Toti Berea Neighbourhood Watch, Caron Smith, said Werner’s last location was believed to be in the Bluff area in Durban.

“We spoke to a few local pastors who confirmed that they are aware that Werner has disappeared ... They found his last location through a cellphone tracking application,” she said, adding that he is not answering his phone calls.

Smith said that she was relieved to find out that the couple’s two daughters were currently with their grandparents who were visiting the family for De Jager’s funeral.

Smith said she did not think Werner was missing because she drove by the minister’s house on Sunday and two cars were parked in the driveway. “When I drove past the house on Sunday, there were two cars in the driveway, one was a black SUV and the other one was a sedan. I am not sure who was in the house, but there were cars parked there. My biggest worry with the father disappearing was the children, but I am glad the grandparents are there with them,” she said.

She added that, as the neighbourhood watch, they have called a meeting today evening to discuss the sourcing and installation of cameras at the neighbourhood’s entry points, saying that they will also discuss how they can beef up patrols because of the recent violent crimes in the area.

De Jager was a popular member of the Toti community.

A fellow jogger Jodine Momberg, owner of a local restaurant, described her as a “fun, bubbly and lovely person”.

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