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Slain fire commander: Questions raised after charges are dropped

The case has now been referred back to the investigating officer to collect more evidence.

FILE: The firefighter had been charged with shooting his superior, who had attempted to hand over a disciplinary letter at the emergency worker’s house. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions have been raised after charges were dropped against an Orange Farm firefighter who was accused of killing his platoon commander in Vanderbijlpark.

The case has now been referred back to the investigating officer to collect more evidence, despite at least one witness to the shooting and a firearm being found at the scene.

The firefighter had been charged with shooting his superior who had attempted to hand over a disciplinary letter at the emergency worker's house.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has told Eyewitness News that it will respond to questions raised about the withdrawal of the case against the firefighter after it has consulted prosecutors.

The firefighter's wife and daughter were at home at the time, while another person accompanied the commander at the house.

Questions have been raised about whether evidence is now missing from the docket.

The NPA says it may take time to find out why the charges have been dropped as it still needs to consult the chief prosecutor in Vanderbijlpark.

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