KZN Hawks still reporting for duty

2012-09-05 00:00

THE head of the KZN Hawks, Major-General Johan Booysen, and the 22 other officers from the Durban Organised Crime Unit have been granted an extension on their intended suspension until Friday.

Booysen and the police officers, all charged with racketeering, murder and robbery, among other charges, and who allegedly operated as an enterprise with Booysen as the head, were all ordered to take vacation leave last Wednesday by national Hawks head Lieutant-General Anwa Dramat.

By Thursday evening and Friday morning, the officers were all served with notice of an intention to suspend them.

They had until yesterday (Tuesday) to respond to the notice.

On Monday they asked for and yesterday they were granted an extension until Friday for their response.

The police officers have also all continued to report for duty.

Booysen said no suspension notice was effective yet and his leave application had to be signed and authorised by Dramat, which to date, had not been done.

He said he therefore, in accordance with proper workplace procedure, had reported for duty.

The other officers, who were also served with similar notices earlier this year, said that the request that they go on leave was not officially signed off, so technically they had to report for duty until it was.

The officers, who did not want to be named, but whose names are known to The Witness, said they had no doubt that they would be suspended.

“There’s no doubt about it. The state is using every angle to get at us. So we know this is coming.

“It’s just a matter of when,” said an officer.

The policemen said they were also not keen to resolve the issue via the Durban Labour Court, as they were saving their finances for the criminal case. “The criminal matter is going to be long-drawn out and we are saving every little bit that we can get for that to prove our innocence,” said the officer.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said he could not comment on the matter as it was an internal issue.

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