Cover-up suspected in head boy crash

2013-01-07 10:08

Cape Town - Many questions have been asked about the car crash that claimed the life of popular Milnerton High head boy Jake Wooton in Hermanus in April last year.

Police are apparently finally going to charge the driver of the car with culpable homicide, but Wooton’s family say it’s too little too late, reported the Sunday Argus.

“I would like to see the driver charged with murdering my son, and with seven counts of attempted murder,” the boy’s father, Stephen Wooton, said.

Numerous claims of shoddy police work on the night of the crash included the failure to conduct blood alcohol tests on the driver.

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle even suggested that a police cover-up may have taken place. 

He said the case had been handled in a “scandalous” manner.

“I am now concerned that we are dealing with a police cover-up, as opposed to a case of police inefficiency,” he said.

Wooton said the driver of the car had been drinking at the same bar as his son shortly before the incident, and said he had been told there was a possibility that the driver may have driven into his son and his friends intentionally as they walked along the road in an attempt to scare them or intimidate them.


  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-07 10:27

    Driver is possibly known to the cops - hence the cover up!!!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-01-07 10:38

      Sick criminal society we live in!!! Poor parents, no closure whatsoever!

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-01-07 11:14

      Or is a cop or has access to brown paper bags filled with notes of incompetence and amnesia. There is no reason a proper investigation cannot now be held. Polygraph the original cops, lifestyle audit them, check the connections. This is what the hawks are for, not arresting journalists.

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-01-07 13:45

      powerful family?

  • marius.fourie.526 - 2013-01-07 10:31

    Oh how we miss the scorpions. We need a body to govern the police. As soon as they see how much money they can steal we will need a body to govern the body that govern the police.

      Robert - 2013-01-07 14:11

      NO...we NEED a completely NEW HONEST GOVT...not the corrupt inept bunch of low lifes we have now.

      Randomhero6661 - 2013-01-07 14:35

      with all these bodies we would have solved the unemployment issue...

  • trevor.dean.10 - 2013-01-07 10:38

    Is the driver perhaps an ANC 'cadre'?

      Heibrin - 2013-01-07 10:54

      Cadre: a cell of indoctrinated leaders active in promoting the interests of a revolutionary party --

  • sarah.bouttell - 2013-01-07 10:40

    As always with SA justice system, it is more about who you know, who you paid, and who has the smartest lawyer. Money definitely buys a favorable outcome in the courts, and there is no possibility of investigation as, the Appeals process is the only measure to argue an outcome. Public protector unable to assist, as the courts fall outside of her mandate.

  • Duane Morris - 2013-01-07 10:47

    the driver was at the sam bar as your son. so your son was drinking too?

      Heibrin - 2013-01-07 10:55

      Yes Duane, there is no law against it. Now if you're implying that his son was driving afterwards, I'd suggest you re-read the article.

      mikel.kiparski.7 - 2013-01-07 11:29

      head boy drinking in bar???in my day we would have been expelled

      allison.steedman - 2013-01-07 17:07

      He was 18 years old, on holiday in another town - his having been drinking had nothing tondo with the fact that this moron drove into theses boys killing one. Jakes status as head boy does not even matter - the fact is that a life was taken and the driver is still walking around free while morons like you try and make something of the fact that these kids were drinking. Must be wonderful to be so perfect - or is the "in my day" comment a hint that you are 90 in the shade with no understanding of life in the 21st century?

      kylie.forknall - 2013-01-08 12:43

      your an idiot

  • Heibrin - 2013-01-07 10:56

    Does anyone know who the driver was? It may clear up quite a few lingering Q's?

  • tracey.ayres2 - 2013-01-07 14:01

    known to cops or even employed by them. I wonder why the drivers name has never come out????

  • sforknallallen - 2013-01-07 15:22

    My nephew was with Jake and his friends on the night in question,if it wasn't for the quick thinking of my nephew there could have been 2 boys killed,nether the less the driver of the car should have been arrested on the spot,this situation would never have happened on the UK.Corruption that's all i can say.

  • sunelb - 2013-01-07 18:11

    Absolute bloody shamefull. He should have been in jail long time ago to rot.

  • clive.kihn - 2013-01-07 18:30

    Even if there's no cover up, the mind boggles at the sheer incompetence. Heads should roll, but of course they won't. A young man who had the potential to contribute to the country is gone, and the person responsible will probably walk free - to drink, drive, and kill again.

  • kylie.forknall - 2013-01-08 12:42

    wonderful boy to have lost his life, they were all responsible and went on an easter holiday to surf, deciding to chill at a local bar and have some good banter as boys there age do...driver will get his day

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