The family of Reshall Jimmy has briefed media on an alleged offer by Ford in a settlement meeting on Friday, as well as new claims over his death.
Jimmy burnt to death in a faulty Ford Kuga in December 2015.
A nationwide recall of Kugas was initiated earlier this year after at least 50 of the 1.6 litre model variants caught fire.
Jimmy’s sister Renisha says former Ford South Africa chief executive Jeff Nemeth made an offer to settle at a meeting a week ago and offered to pay off the claim for her brother's Kuga. She says he also claims Jimmy was shot in the head.
They rejected the offer.
EWN reporter Barry Bateman shared the details on that briefing.
As a form of compensation the company offers the family a free car of no more than R 1 million and will also settle whatever debt there is on the car that was burnt out.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
A version came out from Ford suggesting that Reshall Jimmy had in fact committed suicide and it wasn't the fault of the vehicle.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Nemeth is saying now, that Reshall Jimmy was in fact murdered that he was shot in the head and they have come to this conclusion because they actually in fact dispute the pathologists finding.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Forensic pathologist David Klatzow says the latest claim by Nemeth, who had at one point claimed Jimmy committed suicide, is not supported by the post-mortem report.
Fortunately we had David Klatzow on hand who says the study of this has been ruled out completely, this is based on a police officer who was on the scene when the body was in the vehicle and he saw a whole behind the right ear of the body, so the pathologist was specifically told to look for a bullet wound, he ruled it out... the crack in the skull was caused by the heat in the flames.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
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