UPDATE: Deceased bus driver to be laid to rest

A bus driver killed when he collided with a garbage truck in the CBD last weekend will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Johan Nolte (59) had worked for the Tshwane Bus Service for 13 years.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said both vehicles smashed through the window of a car dealership after the collision on the corner of Pretorius and Du Toit streets.

“The bus driver was declared dead on the scene while the driver of the garbage removal truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries,” Pieterse said on Saturday.

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Nolte’s son-in-law, Raymond Wentworth said Nolte was a respected man loved by everyone around him.

“My father-in-law was a gentle person and he was very well known,” said Wentworth.

He said the family was unhappy by the police’s conduct in the matter.

“We only got a case number on Monday and police have not given us any feedback,” said Wentworth.

“I am frustrated with the police at the moment because they don’t call us, we are the ones who call them,” said Wentworth.

Wentworth said he had spoken to more than 10 eyewitnesses on the scene.

“Police only got the statement from the garbage truck driver yesterday(Tuesday),” said Wentworth.

“I still don’t have answers from the police.”

Wentworth said he had seen the CCTV footage of the accident.

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Pretoria Central police Captain Augustinah Selepe said a culpable homicide docket had been opened.

She said Wentworth’s complaints were being taken seriously.

“If he was unhappy with the service, Mr Wentworth must come to the station to see the station commander or the head of detectives Colonel Modike to report the matter,” said Selepe.

“He must know that we take this very seriously.”

No comment was received from the Tshwane metro or the car dealership where the accident happened at the time of going to print.

Nolte is survived by his wife Liezel and his daughter Chantell.

He has no grandchildren.

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Nolte will be laid to rest this Saturday at the Old Apostle Church in Wonderboom South.

His funeral will begin at 11:00.

Metro spokesperson Selby Bokaba said: “We are saddened that a dedicated employee of the city died in the line of duty.”

He expressed the hope that the law would take its course in the matter.

“He has been with us for 13 years and express our heartfelt condolences to the family.”

Johan Nolte(59) was killed when the bus he was driving allegedly collided with a garbage truck driver. Photo: Supplied

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