Helicopter crash widows want R9m from police

2015-01-26 10:39

Three women widowed by a helicopter crash which killed their policeman husbands in eMahlaleni in 2010 are seeking a default judgment worth R9 million in their claims against the police.

The women’s lawyer, Barry Hurter, said the police had asked him several times not to go ahead with the application on February 2 in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

But he said the police had not responded to their previous summonses, Beeld reported today.

“It just does not happen. It is really difficult to litigate against the state attorney when their office is in disarray,” said Hurter.

Diane Gouws, widow of warrant officer Thinus Gouws, Florence Davids, widow of warrant officer Colin Davids and Thuli Maduna, widow of colonel Percy Maduna, submit in court papers that alleged negligence by the pilot, Captain Wickus Zaayman, caused the crash on June 23 2010.

Sergeant Kobus Henning, warrant officer Dirk van Aswegen and Sergeant Daniel de Bruyn also died in the crash.

The office of the state attorney has indicated that it would oppose the claims because they would adversely affect the taxpayer, and would also deny that Zaayman was responsible.

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