Three times lucky for bribe-accused Panday so far

2014-09-29 00:00

POLITICALLY connected businessman Thoshan Panday has successfully avoided prosecution on three separate corruption charges and is a vocal critic of Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

Panday and a group of well-placed police officers were had up on separate charges of corruption, all of which have been provisionally withdrawn.

He first made headlines when he was implicated in a R60 million police accommodation tender fraud, which involved the block-booking of hotels for top police officials during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

He was also accused of orchestrating the bribing of policeman Captain Kevin Stephen to help generate false invoices worth R15 million for submission to police management. Panday’s most controversial charge centred on allegations that he, instructing Colonel Navin Madhoe, had bribed Booysen with R2 million to botch the other probes, with Madhoe arrested shortly after he placed a bag stuffed with cash in Booysen’s car. It was then that Booysen was suspended, and the investigations into Panday effectively halted.

Last year provincial prosecutions boss advocate Moipone Noko ordered that all charges against Panday be withdrawn, saying that there was a prosecutable case, but she had concerns “regarding justice”. Panday had not responded at the time of going to press.

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