Under-fire Hilton Botha quits SAPS

2013-03-07 17:49

Johannesburg - Hilton Botha, the former lead detective in the murder case involving Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, has resigned from the SA Police Service, police confirmed on Thursday.

"He gave notice with immediate effect yesterday [Wednesday]," Brigadier Neville Malila said.

"The reasons given are between himself and the organisation. It is a personal decision ultimately."

Malila said Botha had been an investigator for many years and a member of the police for more than 22 years.

"It is a lot of experience that we are losing, but it is his personal decision."

Botha's removal from the Pistorius case followed reports in February that he was charged with attempted murder.

Police later confirmed that he had seven attempted murder pending. In 2011 Botha allegedly fired shots at a minibus while trying to stop the vehicle.

Seven people were in the taxi at the time.

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-07 17:57

    17 firearms have been missing from the police station!!

  • Domkonto Wesieswe - 2013-03-07 18:03

    Is Okei, Hilton wul come wurk for me now. We will look for jops togethur and find it kwiekly.

      Sponono Sangwana - 2013-03-07 18:11


      dries.dekock.94 - 2013-03-08 02:54

      wtf who wants to work..sies man

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-03-07 18:03

    well farewell, we hv got enough sc**w ups still left behind.

      Boitumelo Tauetsile - 2013-03-07 18:19

      Jaaaah that's frustrating SAPS, Ohhhh poor Botha, sorry Warrant.

  • ????? ????? - 2013-03-07 18:06

    After helping himself to the bloody toilet door as a *collectors item* the nitwit resigns???Bliksem

      Sandra Jackson - 2013-03-07 18:30

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL- Thanks, you made my day!!!

      ????? ????? - 2013-03-07 18:53

      Pleasure Sandra hun....peeps are too uptight we need a bit of humour sometimes

  • Hansie Crook - 2013-03-07 18:07

    He claims that he received a lucrative offer from a private security firm... I mean who would want to hire him not mentioning at a higher rate that he is currently earning now.

      ????? ????? - 2013-03-07 18:11

      Ja Hilton we believe you.....I wonder if that private security firm isn't owned by the ghost colonels who called him everytime OP was in the dogbox

      Sandra Jackson - 2013-03-07 18:36

      Hansie- I think being a security guard at a shopping mall, beats being working for SAPS.

  • Ghostfacekillah - 2013-03-07 18:08

    Going when the damage has already been done! Nc nc nc

  • Tshepo Maredi - 2013-03-07 18:10

    But also, SAPS, if someone employed by you is involved in wrong doing, do you not remove them while you investigate them? Not wait for them to resign.

      Sandra Jackson - 2013-03-07 18:39

      Noooooooo Tshepo- Why would SAPS do it if the Gov. don't do it. Leading by example????

  • Jonty Mfolo - 2013-03-07 18:10

    Is he going to work for the Steenkamp's as private investigator? Oh,please let this be.

  • Tommy Hains - 2013-03-07 18:11

    I wonder what the real motive is behind trying to smear this mans name. He resigned? I would too if a political gun is pointed at my head. Every person is charged with attempted murder when discharging a firearm at some one. Whether in self defence or stopping a criminal. No professional policeman fires shots at a taxi unless warranted. Seems this corrupt government is so out of touch with the people on the ground. The revolution is comming. You can only lie to the people for so long. Another good policeman gone. Half the police force are useless and unproductive.

      Morvan Vorster - 2013-03-08 11:09

      I agree with you Tommy

  • Kgoadi Ngoato Manyane Dinaka - 2013-03-07 18:12

    Let' the law take action agains dat man

  • david.luis.9822924 - 2013-03-07 18:14

    Everyone is missing the real point. 7 counts of attempted murder since 2011 and not only he has not been prosecuted, he is working and armed as if nothing has happened and he has 7 outstanding parking tickets!! just shows how the criminal-SAPS sweeps everything under the carpet as long as you are one of the gang. well, now that he is no longer a cop let's see if he gets arrested and prosecuted (as it would be done with any citizen charged with murder)

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-07 18:17

    These blades are too big for Hilton!!

  • Bridgette Elk - 2013-03-07 18:18

    Good riddence. We don't need people like this in our police force.

      Richard - 2013-03-07 18:32

      If you say we do not need people like this may I just mention that he had many years of experience. He was pulled apart by a Senior Council but that does not make him a bad cop. The charges against him were withdrawn and only opened up again during the bail application of Pistorius. Does this not smell to high heaven to you. Maybe he was not the best cop around but crikey look at our police force and tell me we did not need him.

      Bridgette Elk - 2013-03-08 13:35

      I'm sorry but I am inclined to disagree with you. Years of experience doesn't offset negligence. Contaminating a crime scene is negligent and inexcusable. I agree with you that the current state of our police force is much to be desired, but that doesn't mean that we must just accept things the way they are all the time.

  • MJ - 2013-03-07 18:22

    Whatever remained of his career, would ultimately been torn to shreds based on political and public opinion. There is only so much one can do without the functional support of a willing service, and justice system. These guys are so overloaded with cases, and so despondent with the system itself, that it just becomes too much. The Oscar case has already been blown due to the manner the scene was handled; and Botha will ultimately become the scapegoat for a highly ineffective police service. The ANCWL were very vocal in condemning Botha, but the reality is that the current level of service provided by SAPS as a whole, is well below acceptable. We South Africans deserve better than this. We deserve to not live in fear in a nation engulfed by crime. There are some good Officers left in SAPS, but I fear they are outnumbered, and drowning in a deep pool of ineptitude. Stand up South Africa. None of us deserves to risk being the next statistic.

  • Tlou.debele - 2013-03-07 18:26

    I personal think there's a truth behind his the space

      attie.tredoux - 2013-03-07 18:50

      the truth is that he was forced out because somebody high decided to charge him for something that happened 2 years ago while the whole world was focused on the bail hearing

  • Sandra Jackson - 2013-03-07 18:29

    Wonder who he is going to testify for. Defence or prosecution???

      ????? ????? - 2013-03-07 18:48

      Defence.....I bet my last tax payer cent on that one

      MJ - 2013-03-07 19:29

      Either way, he will be cross examined. It isn't in the States best interest to try and discredit him, unless they are setting him up to be scapegoat if/when their case falls apart. The defence of course will seek to rip him apart to discredit both evidence and investigation. A major point from defence will also be why a Major-General was assigned the case when Botha was taken off the case. It will paint SAPS and the justice system in a bad light, and there will be a question of bias and intent.

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-03-07 18:30

    Good riddance to the bumbler of the year! Incompetence at its worst! The shame was just too much!

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-03-07 18:30

    I wish you have made the right decision that is logical and not driven by anger and frustration. I wish you well in your future endeavours. But please, no slips up this time.

  • Mowela's Arc - 2013-03-07 18:34

    Kori tsho-tsho ai totsing was substantial neh... enough for a retirement package... Mmh

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-03-07 18:34

    A man of fortitude. He knows he messed up and he's taking responsibility for it. Maybe our 'leaders' should follow his lead and resign as they have screwed up properly. On the other hand 22 years is a very long time and a lot of experience to loose. Good luck with your future Botha.

  • TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-07 18:41

    What a true gentleman. He understood that as a professional he is compromised and has decided to step down whilst they investigate his case, which i feel he has no case to answer considering how long it has taken before he has been charged. Politicians and top civil servants can learn a thing or two about humility from this guy. If he is cleared am sure he will get a better job.

      Joe Smit - 2013-03-07 18:54

      Now if that ref in the Man U vs R Madrid would also step down......

  • Sbusiso Mkhatshwa - 2013-03-07 18:43

    they paid him...that's why he did what he did. now he can't sleep because of what he did..the true will come out watch the space

      barry.roper.39 - 2013-03-07 20:36

      I somehow think that you are right

  • clive.jeepman - 2013-03-07 18:57

    I don't blame the Poor Chap. He got blamed and criticized for a lot of stuff over which he had very little control ! ie. being called out in the wee hours of the morning to a shooting and not having shoe covers, where the hell was he supposed get them at that time of the morning. Besides the cops dont even have funds for petrol on good days ? The next thing he spends 4 days in court and everybody asks where's this and where's that, when was he supposed to do everything eg. request cell phone records & follow up what the progress was on his request ? Then of course came the clanger, that he had 7 cases of attempted murder against him. It sounded like he was a Killer but in actual fact he had shot at the tyers of a taxi that did not want to stop and in which 7 people were traveling. Doesn't exactly make him a Killer. Then we hear but he was under the impression that the charges had been dropped. His head of department was also under the same impression and only on the 3rd day of the bail hearing were they informed that the charges had now been reinstated ! I think Most people watch to much CSI. He Got a Raw Deal ... but that is only my opinion !!!

      joeballito - 2013-03-07 19:20

      Nice little story. You conveniently forgot to mention that he was under the influence of alchohol when he did the shooting!

      Willem Wulfse - 2013-03-07 20:46

      Proof?????????????????? Joe!!!!!!

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-03-07 18:58

    what a loss 22yrs of skil just because he is an idiot who shot at a taxi cause it was carrying 7 black people

      Morvan Vorster - 2013-03-08 11:28

      Crap man get that chip off your sholder it is ruining your capability to judge.

  • Janet Butler - 2013-03-07 19:26

    I suppose we will find out! He did a dis-service to the state-with the taxi and he case coming up on 4/6.....

  • Simphiwe Spijo Nxumalo - 2013-03-07 19:27

    he got paid thats all and he will testify against

  • Raven Jimmy - 2013-03-07 19:36

    The guy is human.He messed up, so what.everyone,no matter how good u are mess up at times.

  • KingMatete - 2013-03-07 20:32

    It bothers me not. A better way to say I don't give a F

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-03-07 21:02

    Two possibilities here, either (1) he bowed out due to excessive pressure excerted to him by his bosses or (2) he is given a FAT hand-shake just to save dear face of SAPS bearing in mind that SAPS has received negative media publicity these days.

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-03-07 21:02

    Two possibilities here, either (1) he bowed out due to excessive pressure excerted to him by his bosses or (2) he is given a FAT hand-shake just to save dear face of SAPS bearing in mind that SAPS has received negative media publicity these days.

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-07 21:23

    He really messed up!! - am happy he is gone !!

  • Rika Bruwer - 2013-03-07 23:02

    There might be much more to the Hilton Botha and OP relationship over 5 years plus. But this has cost HB now his job. Do hope between the 120 Companies of he Pistorius family they can arrange a position for HB. The defence are playing the stay-out-of-jail card. They use all mistakes made by HB. Defence will win on technical points not truth.

  • Soultraxx Deejay - 2013-03-08 12:05


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