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Husband of murdered KZN pastor reported missing amid investigation


Oct 25, 2021

The husband of the murdered pastor, Liezel de Jager, has been reported missing amid the murder investigation.


Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said Werner de Jager was last seen by his father-in-law on Saturday 23 October 2021, at 10:00.

Werner and Liezel de Jager Photo: Facebook

She said a missing person case was opened on Sunday.

Mbele added that no one had been arrested yet.

This comes after the body of De Jager was found on Wednesday morning, 13 October 2021.

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The 38-year-old De Jager was reportedly found by Werner just after 7 am with strangle marks around her neck.

According to reports, Werner was inside the house getting their two daughters, Ila and Lané.

Photo: Facebook

According to Mbele, they received a complaint of murder on Dan Pienaar Road at Athlone Park in Amanzimtoti.

“Upon arrival at the scene, police found the woman victim lying on the ground inside her yard with strangulation marks on her neck.

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“None of her possessions were taken. A case of murder has been opened at Amanzimtoti SAPS for investigation.”

Last week family, congregants, and friends bid farewell to De Jager, who was clearly loved by many.

A photo of De Jager, fairy lights, grey chiffon drapes, and grand floral arrangements could be seen at the memorial.

Photo: Facebook

Her brother Herman Coetzee paid tribute to De Jager.

He said one of De Jager’s best qualities was her love for people and showing people how much God loved and lived through them.

An emotional Coetzee read a message from De Jager’s daughter Lane, who wrote:

“I hope you are safe there with God and that you don’t feel any pain. We miss you a lot, and we are heartsore. It’s ok to be heartsore. We will always remember you.”

Photo: Facebook

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