"In the bail application before the lower court, Mr Rohde declared the value of his estate, which included an active account in Australia with an approximate balance of AU$14,000 [about R145,000] and an investment portfolio purchased on an overseas platform, National Australia Bank.
"It was submitted for the state in the bail application in the lower court that given the nature and seriousness of the charges, the state can never say that Mr Rohde is not a flight risk. Clearly, in circumstances where Mr Rohde has subsequently been convicted as charged, the test for bail cannot be lighter, nor the risk of flight," she said.
Rohde’s lawyers told the court on Thursday that they intended to appeal against the bail refusal to the full bench of the high court in Cape Town but on Friday said they intended to appeal to the SCA .
Rohde’s lawyer, Tony Mostert, said during the hearing on Friday that they intended to file the papers shortly so the SCA could hear the appeal on an urgent basis.
Salie-Hlophe jailed Rohde in February for the murder of his wife, Susan. The former property executive was also handed a five-year sentence for defeating the ends of justice for trying to make the murder look like suicide.
Rohde killed his wife, with whom he had three daughters, in a room they shared at Spier, near Stellenbosch, in July 2016. Rohde was at a work conference and Susan insisted on joining him after she had discovered that he was having an affair.