Police finalising probe into security company boss on trial for killing tractor driver

Tractor driver Aron Mutavhatsindi, 42, who was shot and killed by a security guard near Matshelapad. (Supplied)
Tractor driver Aron Mutavhatsindi, 42, who was shot and killed by a security guard near Matshelapad. (Supplied)

The investigation of a security company owner who allegedly shot and killed a tractor driver is nearly complete, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

Petrus William Johannesburg Durant is accused of killing tractor driver Aron Mutavhatsindi, 42, in an open field near the informal settlement of Matshelapad, outside Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, in January.

He was released on R10 000 bail on January 15.

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The State asked for a postponement of the matter until June 8, to allow the police to finalise their investigation and prepare an indictment.

Durant's attorney, Jacques van Heerden, asked the court to amend one of his client's bail conditions.

He said Durant had lost "two prospective clients" because he was not allowed to leave Gauteng on short notice and had to notify the investigating officer before he could leave the province.

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The magistrate declined the request.

Van Heerden further placed on record that Durant had tried to open charges of malicious damage to property at the Tarlton police station after two of his vehicles were damaged following the shooting incident in January.

He said the police had told Durant that they would not open those dockets.

The magistrate said there were other options, including escalating the matter within the police, and that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would assist if Durant became a complainant in the matter.

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