Pistorius cop: We did the best we could

2013-03-08 12:06

Johannesburg - The former lead investigator in the murder case against paralympian Oscar Pistorius believes police management could have assisted in the case a lot sooner, it was reported on Friday.

"Right from the beginning they knew how serious and high profile this case was," Hilton Botha told The Times.

"They could have helped a lot earlier than they did.... Having a senior general on the case would have seen things being done and reports completed a lot sooner."

Botha resigned from the SA Police Service after being booted off the Pistorius investigation.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega removed him after it emerged that attempted murder charges against him were being reinstated.


Botha said he did not need the pressure in his life and would now become a loss-control manager and head of security at a Pretoria company.

"Everything I did was above board and in line with the best international policing practices," Botha was quoted as saying. "We worked with what we had and did the best we could."

At the Pistorius bail hearing, advocate Barry Roux tried to force Botha to admit that he bungled his initial investigation.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila dismissed Botha's assertions that he was not given assistance.

"He was given the case because he had the necessary skills and experience."

Pistorius is accused of killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-03-08 12:35

    O man, you should learn to keep quiet. They will hang you in public and flog you as well. Just leave and carry on with your life.

  • Gary Wynn√® Vickers - 2013-03-08 12:35

    Pressure is a bliksem

  • Tebogo Mashiachidi - 2013-03-08 12:39

    This is not fair. Our so called JUSTICE SYSTEM sucks

  • Bryan Culross - 2013-03-08 12:39

    It seems that you nee help Sumerian!

  • nadine.vanrensburg.52 - 2013-03-08 12:39

    A tragic story is now about a cop?....

  • Peter Ndamase - 2013-03-08 12:45

    A detective who served the SAPS for 23yrs and still cannot take his son to university? Shame on the state, yet they are always government scapegoats when SAPS fails. It is clear that police officers are taking bribes for survival, are there any psychological assistance offered to cash strapped policers, these are vulnerable people and forever caring guns.

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-03-08 12:58

    Good opportunity to point a finger Hylton on one side, but at the same time I agree with you on the bases that I have a good understanding of how the hierachy at SAPS works

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-08 13:54

    Our cops are more like Bafana Bafana because both are unreliable and are just getting payed for doing nothing!!

  • Lourens Weyers - 2013-03-08 14:20

    he lost control and now he is a loss-control it just me?

  • Sue-rita Fortuin - 2013-03-08 15:40

    i dont understand..'we did the best we could' by doing what exactly..supporting the defendent or bringing justice ..nothing is being specified.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2013-03-08 16:07

    The heading should read: "Pistorius cop: We did the best we could to trample evidence.LOL!

      Jill.Robinson10 - 2013-03-09 06:33

      It wasn't just the cops who bungled the investigation - remember, Reeva's so called J'burg father was allowed into the house literally hours after the incident to remove her belongings. Even if the cops messed up, he should have known better. This case is in serious jeopardy of being thrown out of court.

  • Dina Kotze Jordaan - 2013-03-08 17:22

    waarvoor is VALENTYNS DAG?-SO sien ek DI storie: 2 verliefdes besluit om LEKKER saam by HUIS te KUIER-Drink pr drankies OF?Gan bed toe EN pist-drink daaigoed testost.-word SO g.affekteer-TE VEEL ve har-en VLUG-HY IS WOEDEND-En raak bezerk-verloor perspektief-en DIT was di GEVOLG-Hy WEET seker WAT hy g.doen het of ? ni-PRAAT di WAARHEID OSCAR-dan is alles GOU verby-en jy sal VERGEWE WORD-WAARHEID seevier ALTYD-WAAROM UITSTEL?

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-08 18:03

    Baba black sheep have you any wool? No sir Reeva took it all. Nothing for the master.. Nothng for myself.......

  • Ann Padoa - 2013-03-08 20:39

    Do you call shooting at a taxi with seven innocent people in it, in the line of duty. think again.

      Ann Padoa - 2013-03-09 00:38

      The 2 thumbs are probably from two corrupt bubbies of his.

      andre.nel.106 - 2013-03-09 16:38

      The Taxi was trying to run them of the road, but that does not matter to you, and they shoot at the tyres of the taxi, You dont know what is going on

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-08 21:23

    This constant statements on how THEY COULD HAVE DONE BETTER is geting boring!! it is the PAST - get on with your lives

  • Tanya Booysen - 2013-03-09 09:30

    Well your best isn't good enough you should treat all your cases as high profile and handled them with the respect and urgency they deserve seems all your experience did not prepare you well enough

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