She missed the following week’s meeting‚ where the attackers returned and followed through on their plans. Scholtz had testified that as they sat under the lapa for their meeting‚ they heard several loud blasts‚ which made her house shake like jello. Several of the congregants’ vehicles were damaged.
“Two weeks after that‚ the first murder [of a congregant] happened‚ so we scattered‚” said Volbrecht.
The member who was killed was 33-year-old Natacha Burger. She and her neighbour Joyce Boonzaaier‚ 68‚ had their throats slit in Centurion. Their bodies were found in Boonzaaier’s home.
Volbrecht said she had known Burger only from the meetings. Following her murder‚ she received threatening messages.
“One of them said: ‘Who will be next‚ the traveler‚ the stylist or cycler‚'” she told the court.
She said she also received an email‚ instructing her that her daughter’s car seat was not safe‚ along with a picture of her daughter in the seat.
“I feared for my own life and my family’s life too‚” she said.
Volbrecht then left the church.
The accused in this matter are Cecilia‚ 37‚ Zac Valentine‚ 33‚ and Marcel Steyn‚ 20.
The accused have pleaded not guilty to 32 counts‚ including murder‚ robbery with aggravating circumstances and fraud. Marcel’s mother – former high school teacher Marinda Steyn‚ a friend of Cecilia’s – was sentenced to 11 life terms for the Krugersdorp murder spree‚ after entering into a plea agreement.
Marinda’s son Le Roux Steyn is serving an effective 25-year prison term and has testified against the three remaining accused in the dock.
The trial continues on Thursday.