The Oscar Pistorius case has gripped the nation and the world since Valentine’s Day when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Much of the focus last week was also on the police investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer, Hilton Botha.
Hours after Eyewitness News revealed that Botha himself was facing several criminal charges relating to a taxi shooting, National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, pulled him off the case.
She, however, described him as a “good” cop.
And on Friday, Magistrate Desmond Nair, gave Botha a tongue-lashing when he granted Pistorius bail.
Botha contaminated the crime scene and he made a number of mistakes.
Pistorius has to be somewhat thankful to Botha for his inefficiencies that resulted in him getting bail.
If the police can be so useless in a high-profile case, can you imagine how cases of ordinary citizens are handled? Yes, there are pockets of excellence, but for the rest?
Botha said he did not have footgear to wear at the Pistorius crime scene because there was no stock.
Several detectives have since told me they don’t have the essential items to use at crime scenes. Many have to get gloves from paramedics at scenes. Read more