Hilton Botha lead detective in Pistorious case replaced - In a dramatic twist to the bail application of South Africa's fallen sports hero Oscar Pistorious, the state has replaced the lead investigator, following the claims that the previous investigator Hilton Botha is facing attempted murder charges in an unrelated case.
In a major damage control exercise, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega Thursday announced that she is appointing a new team with Lt-Gen. Vineshkumar Moonoo leading the team.
“Moonoo is the top detective in SAPS (South African Police Services). He will be collaborating with the Gauteng provincial commissioner - Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros - to put together a formidable team to do this job,' said Phiyega.
It has emerged that Botha faces seven attempted murder charges relating to an incident in 2011 when he allegedly fired shots at a minibus while trying to stop the vehicle in Pretoria.
Pistorius, the world’s most famous disabled athlete, is charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, after she was found shot dead in his Pretoria home last week.
Phiyega said the SAPS had been aware of the investigation into Botha and denied there was a lack of communication between the National Prosecuting Authority and the police.
Pistorius, who spent an eighth night in police custody on Thursday, is expected to find out later on Friday whether he will be granted bail.