Clive Geduld told the Western Cape High Court that he was trying to impress the accused, Levonna Jacobs, 38, as she had a job opportunity for him in Malmesbury.
Jacobs is accused of strangling her aunt Virna Jacobs, 47 and her cousin Rowena Jacobs, 26, to death and burying their bodies in their backyard in Seringue Avenue in Delft-South.
It’s alleged she killed them because she wanted to take ownership of her uncle’s house.
Their bodies were dug up by relatives in December 2015.
During cross-examination yesterday, Jacobs’ defence lawyer, Advocate Johannes Solomons, asked Clive why he never questioned the accused: “With R350 a day, after four days she owes you over R1 000. You never asked her?”
A nervous-looking Clive responded: “I thought many things but did not say anything. Also, I did not want to be hasty for my money. I wanted to show Levonna I could work, as she said she would look at my work and I could land a job at her stepmother’s construction company in Malmesbury.”
Jacobs, casually dressed in a grey top, blue jeans and takkies, ran her fingers through her short hair, clearly irritated by the response of the witness.
“When I did ask for my money, she told me she would bring it the evening, or she was waiting for her cousin from Mitchells Plain or that the bank queue was long,” Clive testified.
The case resumes on Monday.