Man accused of killing his wife dies in prison

By Everson Luhanga

Werner De Jager, accused of the premeditated murder of his wife, Reverend Liezel De Jager, almost two and a half years ago has died of an alleged overdose at Westville Prison where he was held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

De Jager was supposed to stand trial on 10 May in the Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court for his wife’s murder.

Ian Cameron, a crime activist and a former leader of Action Society, confirmed De Jager’s death. 

He said there should be an investigation to find out how De Jager obtained the substance he used to overdose and kill himself.

“What makes it even more curious is that it happened on the anniversary of the death of the two women in the Free State last year after an accident he caused,” said Cameron.

In April of last year, De Jager was involved in a tragic accident near Koppies in the Free State. 

The collision claimed the lives of two women, Linda Eales, 54, and her mother, Bernice, 84, while injuring three others. 

The incident was called a hit-and-run, with De Jager being accused of reckless driving. As a result, he faced charges of culpable homicide.

The day also marks two-and-a-half years since Liezel died.

De Jager was detained in November at Westville Prison after the Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court denied him bail in February.

Pictured above: Werner and Liezel De Jager. 

Image source: Supplied


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