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Politician's wife probe - DA wants answers

2011-06-29 21:37

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance has written to Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros to ask why it was taking so long to investigate allegations of assault, reckless driving and theft against the wife of a Gauteng politician.

DA spokesperson Kate Lorimer said: "I have written to Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros questioning why the investigation of this case appears to have ground to a standstill."

According to Lorimer, the woman clipped a 15-year-old with her side mirror in Buccleuch on March 18.

After the accident, the woman allegedly confronted the girl over damage to the side mirror and took her and her twin sister's bag and cellphone.

When they went to the police to report the matter, the officer on duty allegedly tried to convince them not to open a case against the woman.

Lorimer said that according to the complainants, this was in spite of the bag and cellphone being in the car. The officer also allegedly would not do a blood alcohol test after one of the girls said the woman's breath smelled of liquor.

The DA wants Petros to establish at what stage the investigation is, why the officer would not open a case, and why the woman was not arrested.

The girls eventually were able to open a case at the Sandton police station.

Reluctance

In response to e-mailed questions providing the case number given to the DA, Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila said a case docket of reckless and negligent driving was opened and after an investigation the case docket was sent to the senior state prosecutor for a decision on whether to proceed with the matter.

The complainant has been contacted by the station commander and the detective commander and the three have met.

Malila said the station commander and detective commander had also responded to the complainant via SMS and telephone and he was informed that the matter had been sent to the public prosecutor.

An internal investigation was underway regarding the allegations that the policeman tried to convince the girls' parents not to open a case and that had not been finalised yet.

The departmental charge was failure to carry out a lawful order or routine instruction without just/reasonable cause (failure to open the docket for the complainant).

"In the investigation of crime, the SAPS does not look at profile, political affiliation or status of complainants or suspects when crimes are reported for investigation as everyone is equal before the law," said Malila.

He added: "This is the second time the docket was sent as the prosecutor returned it with queries after the first submission.

"One of the enquiries was tracing a witness in [KwaZulu-Natal], as well as obtaining a statement from a [second] witness who was very reluctant to give such a statement. The docket was resubmitted for a decision on 2 June 2011."

The police's provincial office received Lorimer's request on Tuesday afternoon and will respond to her.

Comments
  • jarrodaston - 2011-06-29 22:20

    Oh Geez.....wonder why?

      Gundaan - 2011-06-29 22:41

      Because they have their snouts in the trough !!!!!! no offence by the way ...just an observation Jarro ...

      thinker - 2011-06-29 23:44

      I think it's called, job security.

  • GTA_Lad - 2011-06-29 22:24

    "In the investigation of crime, the SAPS does not look at profile, political affiliation or status of complainants or suspects when crimes are reported for investigation as everyone is equal before the law," said Malila. LOL! Right, Just like in the case of the prez hey

  • Larro - 2011-06-30 00:39

    This is just outrageous

      Liberty - 2011-06-30 03:58

      Ditto on that on Larro. Boeties trying to cover each other's backsides. And the politician in question is an absolutely revolting personality for bumping a child and their were not even one iota of a concern for the child's well being, the scumbag was more concerned about her car. And the police what an outrage!!! Disgusting filth

  • johan - 2011-06-30 07:26

    MAYBE SHE IS ABOVE THE LAW. JUST LIKE HER ANC CADRE.

  • peter the gr - 2011-06-30 08:49

    wife of a JHB politician. . . . that should tell you everything!!!!

      LBS - 2011-06-30 15:27

      Wonder why they don't mention her name?

  • Kabelo - 2011-06-30 08:51

    aga...ANC deals with poverty and small parties deals with blacks that are corrupt...one story every day. Who's next, if not Malema is Vavi, if not Vavi someone in ANC. When will we hear stories like - DA built a new home for ... or DA volunteered to pay for kids school fees or something that builds the nation? Aga, m sick n tired of white media reports

      Felix - 2011-06-30 09:09

      You obviously missed the story about the best run municipalities in SA. ;facepalm;

      Charlie - 2011-06-30 09:12

      If there wasn't so much dishonesty, crime, corruption and theft from the anc there wouldn't be so much news about it! You cannot compare a party with zero morals & no care about the citizens they serve to a party that is working hard to make a better life for ALL is SA! Pull your head out of your arse...it's not white media! When you steal, lie, murder and are dishonest it is WRONG...understand...wrong...hopefully someone can teach you that someday!!!

      Grant - 2011-06-30 09:27

      I seriously hope you have also read the article on this same page in which it has been reported that "residents of the new Mangaung metro council will have to pay 26.53% more for electricity from Friday" The DA has refused to sanction this budget because of what it means to the poor. The anc is pushing the huge services increases to cover up their own thieving and incompetence. I note that you have not made a comment on this report. There are none so blind as those that will not see.

      Dougalan - 2011-06-30 09:43

      Wake up Kabelo - it's not about race, it's about good governance. People like myself have paid hundreds of thousands of rands in taxes over the years, yet all we are seeing for this is nepotism, corruption, theft of public money by the ANC, serious deterioration of services such as hospitals, schools, sanitation, municipalities, roads, Transnet, Eskom - in fact everything that has come under ANC (mis)governance. Please tell me why we should NOT complain about such things? If it was your money that was getting wasted in the same way, you'd also complain.

      bumblebee - 2011-06-30 11:30

      When will we hear stories like the ANC built a new home for .... or the ANC volunteered to pay for kinds school fees or something that builds the nation ....??

      ZACKIE - 2011-06-30 13:21

      the anc has nationalised corruption all anc mps will be recieving their phds in this new subject mater

  • 50something - 2011-06-30 09:22

    "In the investigation of crime, the SAPS does not look at profile, political affiliation or status of complainants or suspects when crimes are reported for investigation as everyone is equal before the law," said Malila." What a lot of BS. What about the Winnie case?? hey?

  • Badballie - 2011-06-30 10:32

    3 months later, sounds about normal for the police, just another story that alienates the police from the public and adds to the distrust for authority held by the man on the street. Time to separate politics from government positions.

  • Amera - 2011-06-30 11:46

    The Untouchables...

  • ZACKIE - 2011-06-30 13:20

    she is special the law does not apply to anc mps and wives

  • Zebelon - 2011-10-09 12:21

    The investigation should have included a blood test, otherwise failure to effect such a test means there has been deliberate defeating of the ends of justice by the police.

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