Cops deny covering up fatal crash

2012-04-11 10:06

Pretoria - Police on Wednesday denied covering up an accident in which a girl died after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a community policing member (CPF) in Hercules.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said a case of culpable homicide had been opened and that the matter was being investigated.

Tsinyane said that once this investigation had been finalised, the national prosecuting authority would decide whether to prosecute.

She could not confirm whether the driver was indeed a CPF member.

Tsinyane said the schoolgirl was walking with her friends on Monday night when she was hit by a car. She was taken to hospital where she later died.

Details of the circumstances surrounding the accident were not yet known and statements were being obtained from witnesses, said Tsinyane.

Flung 47 metres

reported that Matilda du Preez died on Monday evening when she was apparently hit by a sector policing forum bakkie that was rushing to a crime scene.

She was holding her best friend’s hand while standing in the street when she was hit by the car. She flew about 47 metres through the air.

Matilda was the second child from Saamspan Primary School in Mountain View, Pretoria, to be involved in a serious car accident during the school holidays. A classmate, Jethro de Wit, 9, is fighting for his life in the ICU of the Unitas Hospital in Centurion after he was injured in a car accident on Wednesday. He was believed to have sustained brain injuries in the head-on collision in which his aunt, Engela Duncan, 50, died.

Matilda and Jethro were both in Grade 3.

“Today the school is overwhelmed by sadness,” principal Neels Geldenhuys said on Tuesday.

“I have felt like crying myself.”

On Tuesday, the first day of school, Geldenhuys heard from a schoolboy that Matilda had been hit by a car in front of her parents’ home.

Geldenhuys shared the news during assembly after getting confirmation from Matilda’s mother, Wendy du Preez.

Geldenhuys said they had a system at the school that when a pupil did well, he or she got a sticker from the principal.

Geldenhuys was to have given such a sticker to Matilda as she had received full marks for several spelling tests.

“Matilda was a beautiful child and popular with her friends,” said Geldenhuys.

- SAPA and Beeld

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-04-11 10:20

    47 Meters? Good grief! How fast was that bakkie going? Condolences to the family on this tragic loss.

      John - 2012-04-11 11:33

      good grief is a understatement, i am all for the CPF but have seen first hand how these weekend policeman think they are the law, the idea is to keep your eyes open and radio any crime in so the police can be called in, the CPF is there as a back up and should only respond if they can do so safely with out injury to ones self or by standers, to all CPF dont do stupid things keep an eye on the situation and let the SAP do the job that they get paid for and for heaven sake week end warriors are not cool.

  • Gareth - 2012-04-11 10:24

    RIP little Girl....

  • wesley.gouws - 2012-04-11 10:27

    So sad :(

  • Rashida - 2012-04-11 10:28

    heartbroken condolences to matilda sad

  • Gerrit - 2012-04-11 10:37

    This is not the only case of wreckless driving by police who is being covered up.Raath and his friend murdered on their cycle by wreckless police officers on 2/1/12 nothing has happened and all investigations are in progress.How long does it take to investigate something like that.The only investigation is how do we cover this up.

      mmuxo.mosiamedi - 2012-04-11 12:17

      R.i.p raath n friend,gerrit will follow u

  • Matthew - 2012-04-11 10:37

    Take this cop down make him pay for his crimes Its chargeable with Manslaughter so charge this guy with manslaughter if you can go on with the taxi driver's you can go with the police aswell no one is above the law and no one is above Justice

      Fritz - 2012-04-11 11:12

      @ Gerit & Matthew: kindly note that CPF members are NOT police. They are residents of the area, similar to a neighbourhood-watch, but which also liase with their local police station. I really think such completely factualy incorrect and imbecilic comments should be edited from news24.

      Jackie - 2012-04-11 12:17

      Totally agree! And they need to investigate, prosecute and sentence very fast - before the paperwork gets lost!

  • Lance Briers-Danks - 2012-04-11 10:37

    So sorry little one, RIP my condolences to all of her family. Godbless :((

  • Richard - 2012-04-11 10:38

    Oh Wow just look at the picture of the girl. She was so beautiful and looks so full of life and this all snuffed out in second. How does a parent ever get over this tragedy. One cannot pre-judge the driver either but to be flung 47 meters ??

      CliveL - 2012-04-11 20:38

      A parent NEVER gets over family and I are living this nightmare. RIP Matilda. U are in a better place.

  • Snoopy - 2012-04-11 10:41

    What happened to charging the driver with Murder? "Tsinyane said that once this investigation had been finalised, the national prosecuting authority would decide whether to prosecute" HUGE WTF?

  • Isabelle - 2012-04-11 11:11

    Firstly this was not a bakkie as reported, it was an AUDI A4, we know the driver who has been warned time again about the speeding. And yes it was 47mtrs!!!! The poor child did not stand a chance. The driver of the vehicle is definately Sector Police. (CPF) They are warned over and over to obey the rules of the road, no listening, they think they are untouchable. Look at the map given on the Beeld site and do the math. The little girl landed almost three houses away from where she was hit by his car. You also see in the Photo of the Beeld that this is an Audi and NOT a bakkie as reported. Definate cover up on the way on this one!

  • Amanda.Mamanci.Nonkenge - 2012-04-11 12:09

    So sad hope Justice wil b served! RIP lil one:-)

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:09

    Captain Pinkie do your job and do it well and if there were any messing about with this case, throw the culprits in jail. Bless this little girl and her family

  • Oom - 2012-04-11 12:41

    Sorry about the spelling errors, but I am so pissed off I did not even review my contribution. We live in a sick, sick society!

  • Oom - 2012-04-11 12:50

    So now the thought police have removed my contribution, guys, can you not see the contradiction in your actions, you expect the populus to fight for freedom of expression yet you kill it on a daily basis. For the record, there was no racist comments in my contribution, only critisism of a system that is letting us down. If you cannot face the facts, close down your newspaper, because the drivel that you dish up as news on a regular basis is of such a low standard that it is really not worth reading. I for one will be cancelling my nespaper subscription with you today, I will also get another server hosting company and all the other services I receive from Naspers and associated companies. You are hypocrites.

  • KATAFRICA - 2012-04-11 12:54

    Were does News 24 get their information from? Surely their reporters phone and validate information before they publish? Bakki / Audi - Lion / Hyena? You actually can't believe anything that they report.

  • Oom - 2012-04-11 13:39

    The problem is Katafrika, is that half of the reports is not news, they publish stories and opinions and dish it up as news. I have stopped counting how many times versions of the same story changes, the reason is simple, they publish hearsay instead of facts which have been verified. Anybody that has something to say or has an opinion is incorporated into the story instead of doing proper journalistic work by means of cross-verification of facts. Half of the time nobody cares, but if someone actually takes them up on it, then they publish a small print apology. Case in example, the so-called drunk EC premier. Surely that would have been news if it was TRUE, but we still do not know, simply because after the first denial no further investigative work was done (neither before the story was published as well!). I suppose mediocrity has totally engulfed our society.

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