Speculation as Pistorius hearing starts

2013-02-21 11:26

Pretoria - Speculation mounted on Thursday about what will happen during paralympian Oscar Pistorius's bail application, after reports that the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, faces attempted murder charges himself.

The bail application resumed shortly after 11:00 on Thursday morning.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke was quoted as saying on SABC radio news that the police needed to decide on his fate.

"The right thing would be for him not to continue with the investigation," said Makeke.

However, Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila told the international news agency Agence France Presse: "We didn't make a decision on that. For now he is still on the case."

Back in court

As Pistorius's family took their places in court on Thursday, conversations centred on reports that Botha had been charged after allegedly shooting at a minibus taxi during a chase for a suspect, and the effect this could have on Pistorius's bail application.

Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, which he has denied in an affidavit.

Botha spent Wednesday discussing early evidence collected on the scene at Pistorius's home in Pretoria.

On Thursday, police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila confirmed that Botha faces seven charges of attempted murder.

He said Botha was first charged in 2009, but that the charges were then provisionally withdrawn. The matter was referred to the director of public prosecutions (DPP).

"It was only yesterday [Wednesday] that we were informed by the DPP that he is being charged," he said.

Makeke told SABC radio news that he had been charged on 4 February.

According to EWN, Botha allegedly fired shots at the minibus taxi, which was carrying seven occupants, during a chase for a suspect in the murder of Denise Stratford, whose body was found in a drain.

- See News24's Pistorius Special Report.

  • Jesus - 2013-02-21 11:36

    Ha ha ha

  • Warren Carne - 2013-02-21 11:54

    Judging by this sort of bungling by the SAPS its little wonder why we have so many criminals running around SA streets

  • C'budah Ase Matanzima - 2013-02-21 11:55

    Mmmmh! Tht doesn't sound well

      Visser Jooste - 2013-02-21 14:13

      I agree. By the way are you related to late Mr Kaiser Matanzima?

  • Shaun McNeilage - 2013-02-21 12:05

    Surely if this is the case, then the police officer should not be investigating any cases until any investigation against him has been completed.

  • Talana Malherbe - 2013-02-21 12:13

    I am just wondering how Mr is put in charge of investigating such a high profile case if the charges against him were reinstated on 4 Feb already...

      Visser Jooste - 2013-02-21 13:36

      Exactly, and 4 years after it was withdrawn?

  • Mora Mthonyama - 2013-02-21 12:20

    khanyile am sure u're a grown-ass man your comments are absurd my man! yeka ukuba nocalulo mhlekazi iminyaka ihambile kwaye xa singaguquli ngcinga zethu soze saya ndawo!

  • Lorraine Sebopa Matsetela - 2013-02-21 12:43

    am so feeling sorry for him he has done many things for dis country and why would he kill his gf

      francoisjacques.malan - 2013-02-21 12:58


  • Linda Mampa - 2013-02-21 12:53

    He ws such an inspiration,..hw cn he lose control lyk dat??

  • Kearabetswe Segakweng - 2013-02-21 20:26

    I hope dat Botha did nt mess up the state case bcoz, when gvng evidence in a bail application one is warned dat the same evidence might be used against u in a trial

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-21 21:27

    This is not good!!!- It shuld be remembered that the mutal loss for both families deserves to be acknowledged with great dignity!! Reeva was brutally MURDERED - this bail hearing has no ounce of DIGNITY!

  • KT.cynic - 2013-02-22 09:37

    Surely the light switch is in the bedroom and not in the bathroom. One assumes that when Oscar saw that the lights were on (surely Reeva wouldn't go to the toilet in the dark) he would have realised that the "intruder" could not have switched them on? 0

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