Boschkop police station commander Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg was under “immense pressure” to resign because of “bungling” of the crime scene, the Times reported, citing unnamed police officers.
In his office, Van Rensburg kept the bathroom door through which Pistorius shot and hit Steenkamp three times. He had the door in his office for about a week after the Valentine’s Day killing, according to the report.
The door was taken from Pistorius’ Pretoria home the day after the killing.
“It was covered with a body bag, cable ties and tape,” an officer told the Times. “Records at the Boschkop shows it was booked into the SAPS 13 [storeroom], but it was kept inside Van Rensburg’s office.
“It was actually lying on the floor in front of his desk and only taken away about a week later.”
Van Rensburg said he resigned to pursue business interests and that it had nothing to do with the Pistorius case.
Van Rensburg’s resignation came nine months after former lead detective Hilton Botha quit. Botha was taken off the case one week after Steenkamp was killed when it was learned he was being investigated for seven counts of attempted murder.
Botha opened fire, along with three other police officers, on a vehicle with seven people in it in 2009.
Botha also said he didn’t wear protective shoe covers while examining the crime scene and that police left a bullet slug in the toilet where Steenkamp died, among other criticisms of his immediate handling of the case.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.