Announcement expected on Hilton Botha

Investigating Officer Hilton Botha at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court during Oscar Pistorius' bail application. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Police were set to make an announcement today about the Oscar Pistorius case after Eyewitness News revealed that the investigating officer, Hilton Botha, is himself facing attempted murder charges. 

Botha is to answer to seven counts of attempted murder relating to a shooting involving a minibus taxi in 2011. 

A well-placed source in the police told Eyewitness News that the investigating officer will be pulled off the case.

It is understood top investigator Mike van Aart is likely to take over from him. 

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke said police have no choice but to replace Botha. 

“What were really need to understand now is what the police’s stand is because they know that Botha is facing charges so they have to relocate another one.”

However there is no official confirmation at this stage.

National Police Commissioner Riyah Phiyega is expected to address the gathering.

Earlier the NPA said Botha cannot be allowed to continue on the case considering the charges he's facing. 

It also confirmed that charges against Botha were reinstated on 4 February.