Van Breda trial: State witnesses incredulous on the stand

State witnesses could not hide their incredulity on Thursday when Henri van Breda’s defence counsel suggested that two men could have scaled the high fence at the De Zalze security estate.

Henri-van-Breda.40.26-300x190 Van Breda trial: State witnesses incredulous on the stand

After smiling in bemusement‚ Edgar Wyngaard‚ a security guard‚ told Combrink: “They won’t be able to get out because they check everyone who comes in through the front gate‚ and they can’t come over the fence because it is too high and they would get shocked.”

Combrink also asked‚ “So the entire estate is only monitored by two pairs of eyes [Wyngaard and Lorenzo Afrika]?” to which Wyngaard said: “We also have the help of people in the estate who make complaints and the dogs who bark … If there are noises‚ we go out and silence it.”

Wyngaard is the second security guard to be called to the stand by the state in the Van Breda murder trial. Afrika‚ who is also a security guard‚ spent four hours in the witness stand on Wednesday.

The technical details of the De Zalze estate's security system were scrutinised in minute detail.

Wyngaard‚ a security guard‚ said: "I would have driven past that house between six and seven times during my shift ... there is a main road that goes past the cul de sac there."

He also said: "We go and look if any garage doors are open ... we drive through the estate between the houses. If we see a garage door is open we contact the owners."

Galloway asked if it was correct that "residents who live on the estate know that in the case of an emergency‚ they can call security."

Wyngaard responded: "Yes. The number is on the vehicle."

Van Breda is accused of murdering his mother‚ father and brother and the attempted murder of his sister at the family's luxury home at the De Zalze estate in Stellenbosch in 2015.

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