Electric short circuit in Ford cause of Reshall Jimmy’s death: investigator

The businessman died following the blaze in Wilderness in December 2015.

A stripped-down replica of a Ford Kuga is examined at the Western Cape High Court on 20 May 2019 for the inquest into Reshall Jimmy's death. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A fire investigator has found an electrical short circuit caused the fire in Reshall Jimmy's Ford Kuga.

The businessman died following the blaze in Wilderness in December 2015.

In his findings, fire investigator Hendrik McLeod concluded the blaze originated near the vehicle's dashboard.

McLeod found the only heat source that could have caused the fire was traced to the permanent live high-current wire from the battery.

This component supplies power to the ignition and the subsidiary circuit module.

The use of accelerants was ruled out because no traces were found during the investigation.

The National Prosecuting Authority would not prosecute Ford and lobby group AfriForum represented the family in an inquest into the death of their loved one in the Western Cape High Court.

McLeod conducted his probe on behalf of insurance company Telesure Group Services.

He carried out his investigation on Jimmy's torched vehicle on 20 January 2016, more than a month after Jimmy's death.