Ex-cop dies after mugging

2014-04-11 00:00

A WELL-KNOWN former member of the Pietermaritzburg police communications team died in hospital yesterday following medical complications after he was mugged.

Warrant officer Vicus Leslie “Savage” Botha (63) was hospitalised at Mediclinic on Saturday after he was allegedly mugged at the gate of his West Street home.

His son, Craig Botha, told The Witness yesterday that his father had suffered medical complications and was in a coma.

“He passed away peacefully this morning. He was a good father who provided for his family and was always there for us. He took a keen interest in family activities,” said Craig.

Former police spokesperson in Pietermaritzburg, Colonel Henry Budh­ram, said Botha served with him in the SAPS from 1982 when he joined the police after arriving from Zimbabwe and was remembered for having good people skills.

“We worked with him at Alexandra Road police station. He also worked in various units in the police that included communications. He was a very efficient policeman, and a good person to work with. He resigned in 2011 and we used to meet up now and again,” said Budhram.

Police spokesperson Captain Laume van Jaarsveld said police are investigating an inquest docket.

She added that Botha was a respected police member. “He worked for many years in communications. He had a beautiful singing voice and played a guitar during police functions. He loved his music and work.”

Botha has two sons, Craig and Mark, and a daughter, Laura-Jane Geekie, and four grandchildren.

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