Van Breda trial: Access to De Zalze Estate scrutinised in court

The De Zalze Estate security manager Marcia Rossouw says homeowners could only access the premises using their access cards.

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

CAPE TOWN - The security manager of the De Zalze Estate says while security measures are tight, some homeowners often let relatives or friends use their access cards to gain entry to the property.

Henri van Breda is standing trial in the Western Cape High Court in connection with the murder of his parents and older brother, and the attempted murder of his younger sister Marli.

The accused, however, claims an axe-wielding intruder gained entry to their home and attacked his family.

The De Zalze Estate security manager Marcia Rossouw says homeowners could only access the premises using their access cards.

But she says some of the residents would at times allow friends or family to use their cards, even though this practice was not allowed.

She told the court both Henri and Marli had previously allowed other people to enter the estate using their access cards.

This, however, was not the case on the night of the attack.

Rossouw has told the court that on the night of the triple murder, 18 people used their access cards to enter the estate through three gates.

But defence attorney Pieter Botha says the card does not indicate who it belongs to, as there are no photographs of the residents displayed on it.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)