- Afriforum has announced its intentions to prosecute Ford on behalf of the Jimmy family
- Reshall Jimmy died in 2015 after the Ford Kuga he was driving burst into flames
- Nel condemned Ford, saying that they would prove the motor giant was not “above the law”
Advocate Gerrie Nel is going toe-to-toe with motor industry giant Ford. Nel announced on Wednesday that he would be seeking private prosecution against the company on behalf of the Jimmy family.
The announcement was made at an Afriforum press conference on Wednesday.
Renisha Jimmy, whose brother died when the Ford Kuga he was driving caught fire in 2015, told the media that Ford had offered her family a R1 million rand car to the family. This was in exchange for the family saying that the man had died from a gunshot wound.
“We trust this information will confirm the family’s version of the events around the fire, including the fire caused by a mechanical error. It is interesting that Ford, as far as we know, has obtained two expert reports on the possible cause of the fire, but none of them has been made available to the family and/or the SAPS.”
The court date has been set for 4 February 2019 at the Western Cape High Court.
Nel condemned this show of “corporate bullying”. He vowed that he would fight for justice on behalf of the family, claiming that they had been “abandoned” by the judicial system.
Ford had avoided prosecution by the NPA after they had reported the incident.
“In this case, the criminal justice system of South Africa has abandoned the victim. The family has been waiting for nearly three years to investigate the case and we are surprised that Ford discontinued all communication with the victims.” said Gerrie Nel.
Nel confirmed that the group was waiting for a report regarding a similar incident, this time the Young family. Their Ford Kuga had also burst into flames. This model is notorious for its flammability.
Ford released a brief statement, confirming that they have begun a formal investigation into the matter. This did little to satisfy the Advocate and his team.
He criticised Ford for their lack of communication on the matter with both himself and the family.
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