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5 Nov 2013
5:18 pm

‘No white Audi in Griekwastad murder’

There was no white Audi on the road the night of the Steenkamp murders near Griekwastad, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

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Earlier, the court heard evidence about a white car, allegedly an Audi, that passed a stranded bakkie a group fleeing farm workers used. Jan Koopman, owner of the white Nissan 1400 bakkie, told the court there was no other vehicle on the road accept for two police cars.

“No, there was no Audi, I was freaked out,” he replied in cross-examination to defence counsel Willem Coetzee. On Tuesday, various farm workers and their friends testified about their activities on Good Friday 2012.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the murder trail of a boy accused of murdering Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14.

They were murdered around 6pm on April 6 on the their farm Naauwhoek, near Griekwastad. Koopman, also known as “Makazol” locally, apparently told police that an Audi had passed them on the Naauwhoek road and smashed his bakkie’s side mirror.

Investigators could not find any evidence of this. “Abagail testified that there was a vehicle?” Coetzee asked. Koopman replied: “She was very intoxicated and sat in the middle.” He said he eventually got his head together, and later told police the truth.

He told the court the stains found on the bakkie were his blood as he injured himself trying to fix the exhaust. Earlier, Abagail Pieterse, known as “Poppie”, told the court Koopman’s bakkie never had rear-view mirrors, as they were broken off long ago.

The court heard the workers of the Steenkamp farm started drinking home-made beer on the morning of Good Friday in Griekwastad. They went to town with the Steenkamps, who were on their way to church.

State witness Martha Watermond, who is known in Griekwastad as “Voetpad”, said she worked in the house on the farm and baked cookies. Christelle Steenkamp had a cookie business on the farm.

Watermond testified that she spent some time in town. She and another farmworker’s wife, Katrina, then bought petrol worth R40 for Makazol, to take them back to the farm in his bakkie.

“We would take ‘gemmer’ out,” she said, explaining that gemmer was a home-made beer. “You get drunk if you drink that,” she said.

Watermond told the court that, by the time they left town with Koopman, they were already drunk. During the testimony, Kgomo interrupted to ask whether they ate in between the drinking. Watermond replied that they had something earlier that day.

Testifying about what happened at the police station later that night, Watermond said she passed out there on hearing of the Steenkamp murders.

“I shock (sic) myself sober,” she said. She woke up in hospital the next day. The court heard that the drinking continued at the farmworkers’ house at Naauwhoek.

Farmworker Abraham van Rooy, known as “Ou Hen”, testified that they started Good Friday by checking on the traps set for jackal and caracal. Before leaving for town, Deon Steenkamp had visited his house to hear about the traps.

Another farmworker, Jannie Ludick, testified that the sheepdogs on the Steenkamp farm would bark when anybody visited the house.