Navy member suspended who apparently runs over cyclists and chases them away

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The sailor who apparently drove under the influence and ran over two cyclists and then sped away, has been suspended by the South African Navy.

Garth Ronald Pasha (27) was released earlier this week in the Simonstad Magistrate’s Court on bail of R5 000. He is charged with attempted murder, reckless or negligent as well as drunken driving.

Pasha is accused of knocking Dewald van der Westhuizen and Mike Moriarty off their bikes in Main Road in Glencairn in the early morning of 21 December. He must appear in court again on February 16.

Pasha had to surrender his driver’s license and is not allowed to drive while the case is pending.

Lt. cdr. Nombuso Mhlongo, spokesperson for the navy, confirmed to RNews that Pasha has been suspended and an internal disciplinary process will be instituted.

Mhlongo said Vice-Admiral Monde Lobese, head of the navy, considers the charges against Pasha to be serious in nature and that he has therefore been suspended pending the settlement of the case.

“Following the conclusion of the case, the navy will evaluate the outcome and determine further steps or actions. The Navy does not tolerate or condone any acts of criminality and/or ill-discipline within its ranks. Such incidents will always be dealt with promptly and strictly when they occur.”

Lt. Col. Malcolm Pojie, spokesperson for the police in the Western Cape, said earlier that the driver of a Volkswagen Polo hit the victims and drove away. He was arrested shortly afterwards where he apparently slept behind the wheel of his vehicle in a parking lot.

Van der Westhuizen was seriously injured in the incident and taken to a hospital for treatment. The cycling association Pedal Power said Van der Westhuizen had to undergo a third operation on Friday on his leg, which suffered serious damage during the incident.

A video shared on social media shows the two cyclists riding behind each other before a white vehicle rushes by and knocks them over.

*Warning: The visuals may disturb sensitive viewers.