Local biker, Johan Smith greeted with guard of honor after motorcycle accident earlier this month. Photo: supplied.
Motorbike engines roared and tears flowed as friends, family and members of the biking community paid their last respects to a well-known figure in the biker community this week.
This as bikers from various clubs attended a memorial service for Johan Smith, vice president of the Phoenix motorcycle club, on Thursday.
Smith died after he and his wife, Charmaine, were involved in a suspected hit-and-run incident on Es’Kia Mphalehle Drive in Mayville in the north of Pretoria, opposite the Joos Bekker Caravan Park on 14 July.
Mourners met at the Van der Stel pub from where they drove in convoy to the Booysens NG Church where the memorial service was held.
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After the service, the motorcyclists formed a guard of honour and revved their bike engines as the hearse made its way to the Zandfontein Cemetery where Smith was laid to rest.
Smith worked as an aircraft maintenance engineer overseas.
Earlier this month, Phoenix motorcycle club president Gerrit ‘Smiley’ Joubert asked the public to come forward with any information that could help in Smith’s possible culpable homicide case.
“We recently thought we had a breakthrough with an eyewitness, but it led to a dead-end,” Joubert told Rekord.
Joubert said Smith’s wife, who was taken to hospital with multiple fractures, has since been discharged.
She was recovering at home after she had metal pins put in her lower legs.
“She is still very emotional,” said Joubert.
Smith leaves behind his wife and two children, aged nine and three.
Spokesperson Constable Mandlakayise Zwane confirmed police are investigating a culpable homicide case.
Local biker, Johan Smith greeted with guard of honor after motorcycle accident earlier this month. Photo: supplied.Local biker, Johan Smith greeted with guard of honor after motorcycle accident earlier this month. Photo: supplied.
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