Minister's fatal motorcade accident docket still awaiting decision

2016-09-23 22:15
State Security Minister David Mahlobo. (Lulama Zenzile)

State Security Minister David Mahlobo. (Lulama Zenzile)

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Cape Town - An investigation into the death of Hermanus van Schalkwyk during an accident involving State Security Minister David Mahlobo’s blue light convoy has been completed, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has said.

The docket was with a senior prosecutor for a decision on how to proceed, after it was returned twice, the police ministry said in a written reply in Parliament on Friday.

Van Schalkwyk was killed when a car in Mahlobo's VIP security detail collided head-on with his car on the R33 in Mpumalanga in December 2015. He was on his way to see his family for Christmas.

The family opened a case of culpable homicide against Mahlobo and his VIP guards.

Nhleko said the case docket was first referred to a senior public prosecutor for a decision on whether to prosecute or not.

On July 21, the prosecutor sent the docket back to police with certain requests, the ministry said in the reply to DA MP Ken Robertson’s question.

It was returned to the prosecutor the next day, who then asked for a further report from a forensic expert.

"On 26 August 2016, the report of the forensic expert was received and the case docket handed back to the senior public prosecutor for a decision on prosecution. This decision has not been made and the case docket is currently still with the senior public prosecutor."

Robertson asked why the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) had not investigated the matter.

Nhleko replied that the VIP driver was not an SAPS member. There was also no indication of any police negligence or unprocedural handling of the investigation that could warrant Ipid’s involvement.


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