September 09 2008 at 09:39AM
The case against a domestic worker and her son who were allegedly involved in the 2006 murder of Susan Vermaak was on Monday postponed after new evidence of "crucial importance" came to light.
The Pretoria High Court was told the arrest of another suspect in the murder of the Brooklyn resident was "imminent".
The court postponed the case against Vermaak's domestic worker Don Mashadi Maloka, 46, and her son Samuel Maloka, 24, - both from Hammanskraal - to February 2.
They are each facing a murder and robbery charge following the death of Vermaak on December 18 2006.
The cause of death in the indictment was strangulation and a stab wound to the heart. They have yet to plead to the charges.
According to the indictment, Don started working for the Vermaaks at their Clark Street home a month before the murder.
It is claimed she asked her son to get people to help them rob and murder the family.
The son, it is claimed, found two unknown assailants whom he introduced to his mother. Together the four conspired to rob and kill Vermaak, whom they overpowered when she arrived home from the gym.
The State claimed that during the morning the pair let the two unknown assailants into the Vermaaks' home.
After Vermaak was overpowered, she was forced to give her attackers the key to her safe in a study on the lower level of the house.
Her attackers took R75 000 from the safe before tying her hands behind her back.
It is claimed a white plastic bag was pulled over her head and tied around her neck with a rope. She was then stabbed and strangled. Various rooms in the house were ransacked and various items, including jewellery, were taken.
Henry Vermaak, who owned a car dealership near Morula Sun, discovered the body of his wife when he came home at about 6pm. He also found the domestic worker in the study, but loosely tied.
Susan Vermaak was killed a few days before she was due to celebrate her 64th birthday.
She was a retired real estate agent and former ballet teacher. The family had lived in their Brooklyn home since 1985.
Prosecutor Andre Wilsenach on Monday told the court that the case was not yet ready for trial as certain evidence which needed to be followed up had come to light last week.
The evidence, he said, related to outstanding DNA results and further exhibits which would be placed before court.
Wilsenach said it had also come to his attention that the arrest of another suspect in this case was imminent. He said it was unfortunate that this only came to light recently, but it was in the interest of justice that the matter be postponed.
The court, meanwhile, granted R2 000 bail to Samuel, coupled with stringent conditions.
His mother will remain in jail awaiting trial.
This article was originally published on page 4 of Pretoria News on September 09, 2008