Court and community unite: No bail for Werner de Jager! Arrest and bail judgement important first battles, but the war for justice for Liezel starts now – Action Society

Including today, it took 863 days to get here, but Werner de Jager will stay behind bars while he is tried for brutally killing his wife, the very much loved Reverend Liezel de Jager on 13 October 2021. According to Action Society, Werner’s arrest and bail judgement is two important battles won, but the war for justice for Liezel is far from over. “Liezel’s family is extremely relieved. We celebrate today’s win with them. We feel it sends a strong message to every animal that targets the women they are called to protect. You are not welcome in our communities!” said Ian Cameron, Director of Community Safety at Action Society.

Action Society praised the Amanzimtoti Magistrates court’s decision to deny Werner de Jager’s bail application this afternoon. According to Cameron, the prosecuting team, along with the cold case unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) who took over the investigation late last year, also deserve credit. Cameron thanked members of the community who showed up at court as well as thousands of supporters online for taking a stand.

“This judgement is one that should serve as a warning to all abusers and a message of hope to victims of violence. Abusers must take note: Communities are fed up with you. And to those who are trapped in violent relationships, know this: There are people who are on your side. The challenges and barriers we have exposed and overcome in Liezel’s case, will pave the way for countless other cases like hers. Be brave. Stand up. Together we can remove these animals from society,” said Cameron.

Werner de Jager was met with a large group of the Amanzimtoti community again this morning, calling for a “no bail” verdict in this long awaited bail judgement.

The original Schedule 5 murder charge against De Jager was escalated to a Schedule 6 murder charge on 24 January 2024 as new evidence now suggests the murder was premeditated. In addition, De Jager faces fraud charges for trying to claim the life insurance policies against Liezel’s name, even after the investigation officer told him he was not allowed to do so. Other evidence suggests that De Jager lied about his activities at the time of Liezel’s murder.

What happens next?

De Jager is expected to apply for legal aid in March.

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