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Carl Pistorius considers suing the state

Carl Pistorius was acquitted of all charges relating to an accident which killed a motorcyclist in 2008.

Arnold and Carl Pistorius. Picture: Vuma Reputation Management

JOHANNESBURG - Carl Pistorius said on Tuesday he considered legal action for wrongful prosecution after he was acquitted of culpable homicide and negligent driving.

The Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court cleared Oscar Pistorious' brother of all charges relating to an accident in 2008 which resulted in the death of motorcyclist Marietjie Barnard.

Barnard crashed into the back of Pistorius' bakkie and later died in hospital.

Pistorius said while he was not angry with what happened, his legal team may sue the state.

"I am grateful that this chapter is closed and I think we will have a serious look at wrongful prosecution and see if there's something that is worth suing over."

While handing down his judgment, Magistrate Buks du Plessis told the court that Pistorius was not responsible for the crash which claimed Barnard's life.

He also said it seemed Barnard was speeding and may have consumed alcohol prior to the crash.

An emotional Pistorius said it was the end of an emotional chapter for him and his family.

During final arguments, the defence team spent time court ripping into the testimony of state witness constable Robert Ropadu, who responded to the accident.

The matter was then provisionally withdrawn but later reinstated after the victim's family said it believed it was more than just an accident.

The publicist representing the Pistorius family Shavana Mushwana said Carl deeply regretted the incident.

"Blood tests conducted by the police at the time proved he was not under the influence of alcohol. It was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl's car."

The case came to light shortly after his athlete brother Oscar was arrested for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar's case is set to start in June.

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