Dippenaar case: Accident scene under microscope
21 October 2021 | Justice
Having resumed on Monday, the Dippenaar case continued this week, with accused Jandré Dippenaar appearing before the regional court in Swakopmund.
He is accused of being responsible for the death of six people in an accident on the Henties Bay road in 2014.
He faces six counts of murder, reckless and negligent driving, fraud and non-possession of a valid driver's licence.
State witness Johan Joubert was cross-examined by Dippenaar’s legal representative, Louis Botes, regarding accident’s GPS coordinates, as well as the vehicles’ point of impact.
“The rotation of the vehicles starts through the point of engagement through separation,” Joubert explained.
The accident, which took place on 29 December 2014, claimed six lives and left Antonia ‘Toni’ Klara Joschko, just 16 at the time, as the sole survivor.
She was with her father Walter Helmut (48), mother Stephanie Dorothea Schemick (49) and sister Alexandra Marlene (19) when the car they were travelling in collided with the one Dippenaar was driving, which had four occupants.
Dippenaar’s passengers, Dinah Pretorius (30), Charlene Schoombe (24) and JC Horn (27), were also killed in the accident.
During a previous appearance in 2017, Antonia revealed details from the accident, saying her parents had decided the family should travel to Namibia to celebrate Stephanie’s 50th birthday as well as their 20th wedding anniversary.
When the Joschkos arrived in Windhoek, they decided to rent a Ford Ranger to take a self-drive safari.
She said on the morning of the accident, they left Palmwag Lodge and drove towards Cape Cross where they had lunch and stopped to view the seals.
She narrated that she was sitting in the backseat with her sister, while her father was driving and her mother was in the front passenger seat.
The road was quite busy, she said, and as they were driving over a slight hill, “a big white vehicle suddenly appeared right in front of our car”.
According to Antonia, her father had no time to react to avoid a collision, as Dippenaar’s vehicle was too close and was travelling at high speed.
Magistrate Gaynor Paulton postponed the matter to July 2022.