Playing back the last interrogation of Aggett, where Deetlefs alleged they had obtained the incriminating statement, Woensdregt denied some aspects, including that Aggett had been kept awake and intensely interrogated until 3am.
“You said that same night he hung himself in his cell,” Mlotshwa put to Woensdregt, referring to his 1990 statement.
“That is not correct. He actually died five days later,” Woensdregt replied, saying this was in error.
“Did Aggett’s death stress you?” Mlotshwa asked.
“He was a man I had known for a short time, a young man who was intelligent and whether his death gave me stress, it shocked me,” Woensdregt replied.
“But you had nothing to do with his death?” Mlotshwa asked.
“Correct, I had nothing to do with his death. To the family, I am sorry for the death of their son, but I had nothing to do with his death. He was an intelligent person. I am sending my condolences,” said Woensdregt, who maintained that his and Aggett's paths had crossed for only a few hours over one day.