Culpable homicide docket sent to NPA

SOYISO MALITI

The case of Nadia Bond, 8, who was run over by an allegedly drunk driver in Scottsville, Kraaifontein, in September last year, has been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The Kraaifontein station commander Brigadier Gerda van Niekerk’s office told the Northern News the matter had been forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Further than that they wouldn’t comment other than to confirm that the next court date had been set for Wednesday March 30.

It’s not clear why the docket has gone to the DPP given that the case is already before the courts, but it follows allegations by Nadia’s father, John Bond, that her death was no accident.

Nadia was walking to a friend’s house when she was hit by a car on Friday September 18.

She suffered internal bleeding, a broken neck and extensive brain damage.

The driver of the car took her to the Kraaifontein Day Hospital. She was later transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital where she died of her injuries on Saturday September 19.

Bradley Gysman, 19, was arrested after the accident and charged with culpable homicide, drunk and reckless driving and driving without a valid driver’s licence.

He appeared in the Kuils River Magistrate’s Court on Monday September 21 last year in connection with Nadia’s death. He was released on R2 000 bail.

Unhappy with the police’s investigation, which he has called “flawed”, Mr Bond has taken to social media vowing not to rest until he sees justice for his little girl.

“It is no secret that I believe my child was knocked over intentionally and this is far from being a mere drunk driving ‘accident’,” said Mr Bond on Facebook, suggesting that the Gysman family bore a grudge against him because he had previously had Bradley arrested for assault prior to his daughter’s death.

Kraaifontein police were, however, unable to confirm whether Mr Bond had ever laid such a charge.

NPA provincial spokesman, Eric Ntabazalila confirmed that the docket was with the DPP.

Asked why, he said: “Matters are referred to the DPP office every day for a decision.”

The Northern News couldn’t get hold of the Gysmans for comment.