Van Breda trial: Defence to continue grilling security guard

The former security guard, who started testifying on Tuesday, said he patrolled the estate and confirmed there were no security breaches and no one was wandering around during the night.

Murder-accused Henri van Breda at the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The advocate defending triple murder accused Henri van Breda will on Wednesday continue his cross-examination of a former De Zalze Estate security guard.

Lorenzo Afrika is the second witness to take the stand in the Western Cape High Court.

The 22-year-old van Breda is accused of killing his parents and older brother at their home outside Stellenbosch over two years ago.

Afrika confirmed he worked the night shift and knocked off at 7am on the morning of 27 January 2015.

The former security guard, who started testifying on Tuesday, said he patrolled the estate and confirmed there were no security breaches and no one was wandering around during the night.

The guard explained that the electric fence surrounding the estate is highly sensitive; sometimes frogs set it off as had happened on a rainy night.

But the defence continued to probe Afrika about whether he had any expertise relating to the technical aspects of the perimeter fence.

He replied that he did not.

In his plea explanation, van Breda stated a laughing, axe-wielding intruder executed the attack on his family.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)