Botha relieved top brass taking on Oscar

2013-02-23 14:30
Hilton Botha (Picture: AP)

Hilton Botha (Picture: AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Detective Hilton Botha, who initially was in charge of the Oscar Pistorius investigation, said on Saturday he was not really unhappy about being replaced. 

Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on 14 February.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Thursday announced that Botha would be removed from the investigation and that a team, headed by Commissioner of Detective Services Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo, would take over the murder investigation.

"No, I am really not unhappy about [being removed as lead investigator] at all," Botha said.

He said Moonoo would be able to get information and results faster.

"I am satisfied with that," Botha said.

Botha's removal came after reports on Thursday morning that he was charged with attempted murder.

Police later confirmed that seven attempted murder charges were hanging over his head.

Police said that in 2011 Botha allegedly fired shots at a minibus while trying to stop the vehicle. There were seven people inside at the time.

Botha had testified during Pistorius's bail application.


After eight nights in police custody and a four days in court Pistoruis's bail application was granted.

Magistrate Desmond Nair granted Pistorius bail of R1m, with severe restrictions on his movement.

After listening to extensive argument, Nair ruled that he was not a flight risk, and that the State had not shown that he had a propensity for violence.

Pistorius had to pay R100 000 first, and the rest by 1 March.

His bail conditions include that he not be charged with any offence relating to violence against women.

Pistorius would not be allowed to return to Silver Woods country estate, the scene of the shooting; he has to surrender his passports; he cannot apply for travel documents; he must report to the Brooklyn police station on Mondays and Fridays at set times; and he can't take banned substances or alcohol.

He will live at an address not publicly disclosed, among other conditions.

The matter was postponed until 4 June.

Visit News24's Oscar Pistorius Special Report.

Read more on:    oscar pistorius

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.