Henning case: Nico gives R10m surety

Nico Henning has provided the state with the R10 million surety he needs to be released on bail.

FILE: Investigators carry files gathered from Nico Henning's properties. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High court has heard the alleged mastermind behind his estranged wife's death, Nico Henning, has provided the state with the R10 million surety he needs to secure being released on bail.

Henning allegedly hired his best friend Andre Gouws to arrange the murder of his wife Chanelle in order to obtain full custody of their son.

The young mother was shot dead in 2011, just moments after dropping her son off at school in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.

Four men have since been convicted for the crime.

Advocate Piet van Wyk says his client Nico Henning has provided him with the title deeds to two properties and a sworn evaluation valuing the properties at a minimum of R10 million.

Henning was released on bail in December on condition he paid R300,000 in cash, which he did, and offer a further R9.7 million as surety.

Van Wyk assured the court there were no loans or bonds on the properties.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel says he's satisfied with the arrangement and will keep the title deeds in safe keeping until the conclusion of the trial.

The matter has been postponed until June to allow police more time to investigate and for the state to prepare the indictment.