SA's 'top detective' takes over Oscar case

2013-02-21 17:29
Hilton Botha has been replaced as the lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius murder case. (Picture: AFP)

Hilton Botha has been replaced as the lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius murder case. (Picture: AFP)

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

Pretoria - The national police commissioner has appointed the country's "top detective" as the new lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

Pistorius faces a murder charge relating to the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The decision came after it emerged the initial investigator, Hilton Botha, was facing attempted murder charges.

General Riah Phiyega says Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo will take over the investigation.

Phiyega says the Pistorius case "shall receive attention at the national level" and Moonoo will "gather a team of highly skilled and experienced detectives".

She says Moonoo is the police's "top detective".

Botha's future in charge of the investigation into world-famous athlete Pistorius came into doubt after charges of attempted murder were reinstated against him in relation to a 2011 shooting incident, when he and two other police officers allegedly fired shots at a taxi.

Visit News24's Oscar Pistorius Special Report.

Read more on:    hilton botha  |  reeva steenkamp  |  riah phiyega  |  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. 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


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas 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.