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New court bid to probe Helderberg disaster

Student Peter Otzen is going to the ConCourt in a bid to get President Jacob Zuma to set up an inquiry.

A student is trying to get the Constitutional Court to investigate the Helderberg air disaster.

JOHANNESBURG - A new bid to get to the bottom of the Helderberg air disaster received mixed reaction on Wednesday.

The South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 747 aircraft crashed into the Indian Ocean after a fire on board the plane.

Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary since the crash.

All 159 passengers died in the incident.

The disaster would trigger a quarter of a century's worth of intrigue, mystery and speculation.

Now the son of one of those who died is going to the Constitutional Court in a bid to force President Jacob Zuma to set up a fresh inquiry.

Meanwhile, Samantha van der Walt, who lost both her parents when the Helderberg went down, said this year's anniversary felt different.

"It's always an emotional day. Today, with the court application, I expected a bit of excitement on getting answers as to what happened."

Van der Walt hopes that UCT student Peter Otzen's Constitutional Court bid could finally produce some answers.

According to Constitutional lawyer Cathy Powell, Otzen's application could face legal hurdles.

"We [are in] pretty untested grounds. We have something of a precedent in trying to get the arms deal inquiry opened, but that didn't go to court."

Otzen is expected to file his papers soon.

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