While she insisted she was not a flight risk, the investigating officer, Stephen Joubert, thought otherwise.
The state submitted an affidavit from warrant officer Joubert detailing how Cloete had repeatedly broken her bail conditions.
Cloete had failed to inform him that she had changed both her address and place of employment — directly flouting the restrictions initially set by the court.
He said Cloete had also travelled to Port Elizabeth without his consent, despite being barred from leaving Gauteng without receiving express permission.
He also revealed that Cloete’s mother had taken the children out of the place of safety for a day visit in mid-December, and had made a video call where Cloete was able to speak with them both. Because of this, he said he is planning to open a case of obstruction of justice against them both.
Cloete’s defence advocate, Ruan Hollamby, denied Joubert’s claims, particularly concerning the phone call to the two children, and insisted Cloete had informed the officer of her planned trip to Port Elizabeth.
However, Judge Matshitse was not swayed by Hollamby’s arguments, saying on Friday morning the mother had failed to prove any exceptional circumstances required to grant her bail.