‘He’s holding up well,’ says Rohde’s lawyer as daughters prepare to plead for leniency

Rohde will also have to prove his remorse over Susan’s murder to the court. It is understood that he will seek leave to appeal Salie-Hlophe’s decision after the sentencing.

“In the circumstances, we have had an opportunity to consult with Mr Rohde in Pollsmoor Prison and, under the circumstances, he is holding up well. The support of his daughters and his family is giving him strength through this difficult time,” said Witz.

His twin daughters, who are writing matric exams, are expected to plead with the court on their dad’s behalf, but it is uncertain whether his defence team will ask for their testimonies – along with that of his eldest daughter, who is currently a student at Stellenbosch University – to take place in-camera.

The sentencing procedures are expected to start at 10am.

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