Saturday, August 21, 2010

No call on 'Bad Brad' shootout charges

21 August 2010, 07:35
By Sheree Bega and Kashiefa Ajam

"Bad Brad" Wood has given statements to the police about his role in last week's shootout at the Grootvlei mine in Springs that left four illegal miners dead.

But Gauteng police spokeswoman Noxolo Kweza on Friday refused to confirm or deny whether the former reality TV star, several security guards from Delta Blue Security and mine officials, implicated in the shootout, had been charged with murder. She would only say that police investigations were continuing and that police had so far identified only two of the dead illegal miners.

Police have opened four murder dockets.

Last week the Saturday Star reported how Wood, of the K9 Enforcement Anti-Terrorism Dog Unit, was present at the shootout early last Monday with the illegal miners at an underground shaft of the mine, which is run by Aurora Empowerment Systems, owned by relatives of President Jacob Zuma and Nelson Mandela.

Wood was recently appointed head of security at Aurora. Wood's attorney, Piet du Plessis, who is also representing several mine officials and security guards, said the police had questioned all his clients, including Wood.

"They've taken statements.I believe the dockets will go to the Director of Public Prosecutions. As far as I'm concerned, my people have given a totally valid version of what happened, are not culpable, and no crime has been committed."

This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on August 21, 2010

Saturday Star

Is the Aurora Mine Team better equipped to fight 'mine terrorism' than the SAPS?

Or did the orders come from "ABOVE" in the ANC?

When will we be given the truth of what really took place?

Is this how the ANC intends Nationalising mines in SA?

In Zimbabwe they use the army!

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