De Jager believes ‘danger to society’; court is still considering bail

Henry

Werner de Jager will have to wait another two weeks behind bars to hear if his bail application was successful.

The Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal heard the final closing arguments in his bail application on Tuesday and Magistrate Zama Nyuswa reserved judgment.

During the closing arguments, which were delivered on Monday, the court was informed that another suspect will soon stand trial together with De Jager for the murder of his wife.

Liezel’s body, then associated with the NG Suidkus congregation, was discovered on 13 October 2021 in the driveway of the rectory residence after she had gone jogging.

De Jager is also expected to be charged and arrested soon on two additional charges of murder. These charges are related to the car accident last year on the N1 highway near Kroonstad in which two women died.

According to the state, De Jager should have acted preventively by not driving, knowing that he was suffering from dementia. Therefore, the charges of culpable homicide were converted to murder.

This was also one of many reasons why the state argued that bail should be refused. According to the state, De Jager will not only pose a danger to himself, but will also be a threat to members of the public and his in-laws.

Adv. AndrĂ© May, De Jager’s legal representative, argued that nothing could be further from the truth. According to him, De Jager has already proven that he is in control of himself. In addition, the state has a weak case without any direct evidence linking De Jager to the murder of Liezel.

De Jager will remain in custody until February 22.