Family appeals to NPA to heed inquest findings in possible femicide case

More than five years after Genee Bergs was shot dead in her home in Parktown North, Johannesburg, her family has appealed to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to heed the findings of an inquest into the murder.

In an Eyewitness News exclusive, it's reported that an inquest in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court found that the murder weapon was connected to the husband Dieter Bergs, finding that he should face trial, but a decision to prosecute is yet to be made.

Her niece, Liane Heyl, said her aunt was to receive a R4 million insurance policy payout closer to the time of her death.

Ray White, who is very close to the story, shares how he had gone to see the couple that night.

When I got there, things weren't right. I walked into the kitchen, I spoke to Genee Bergs. One of the things she said to me was that 'him and his family will not get my money'. There had been a big fight that night between the two of them.

Ray White

I decided something is not right here, when a couple fights you don't want to be there, so went to my girlfriend's house. About just after midnight, their butler phones and said 'the madam has been shot', she is dead.

Ray White

I got into my car, with my girlfriend's sister...I ran around the back of the property, the bedroom door was open to the garden, I found Genee's body with Dieter Bergs standing over it.

Ray White

Dieter Bergs had been shot himself. He said an assailant had come into the house, he had heard one shot, ran up the passage, she screamed out don't go out there - he said he did. He ran into the garden, clashed with the assailant who opened fire on him at close range and he called an ambulance after all that. That was his story to me but then things changed after that.

Ray White

Click on the link below to hear more on the details of the case...

Meanwhile, NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane explains that subsequent to the finalisation of any inquest, transcripts must be made available and once that is done the director of prosecutions will instruct prosecutors on the way forward.

She says the inquest was completed in August 2019 and the NPA has yet to receive the transcripts.

These are two different processes, in a criminal process, the NPA bears the burden of proof. The two standards of the tests are not the same. In an inquest it is on a balance of probability and on a criminal case it is beyond reasonable doubt so the office of the director public prosecution must still satisfy themselves that indeed we are able to prove a case in a court of law.

Phindi Mjonondwane, Spokesperson - NPA

We have found out what the hold-up is and the information we got from the office of Johannesburg is that the transcripts are not yet complete because the magistrate is still waiting for a transcribed judgment...

Phindi Mjonondwane, Spokesperson - NPA

Click on the link below to hear the NPA's full response...


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