Driver who is suspected of killing cyclist to be prosecuted after Private Prosecution Unit intervenes

The accused in the death of the cyclist Nino Oppel has been summoned by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to appear in the Krugersdorp Regional Court on 13 April 2022. This follows after AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit, who are currently assisting the Oppel-family, made comprehensive representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions in Gauteng (DPP) after the NPA initially indicated that they would not prosecute. Oppel was participating in the popular Berge en Dale cycling race in Muldersdrift, Gauteng when the accused allegedly hit him with his vehicle and sped away.

The DPP, in reaction to the Private Prosecution Unit’s representations, already in August 2020 indicated that there is a prima facie case against the accused and that he should be prosecuted. Nevertheless, the chief prosecutor in the West Rand only indicated this week that the NPA would indeed institute prosecution. AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit therefore in February of this year wrote another letter to the DPP requesting that a prosecutor from his office be appointed to prosecute the accused after it appeared that there were unnecessary delays with the prosecution process. The NPA indicated that they have arranged for another investigating officer to further investigate the matter.

“We welcome the fact that the accused has finally been summoned to appear in court and we will also be in court on 13 April to support the Oppel-family. It is, however, shocking that we had to put so much pressure on the NPA to force them to simply do their duty and prosecute the accused without fear, favour or prejudice,” says Andrew Leask, Chief Investigator at AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit.

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