Top cop escapes fall of axe

2014-10-29 00:00

TOP provincial police officer Navin Madhoe has interdicted the police from disciplining him in a landmark judgment in the Durban Labour Court.

Madhoe — once a central figure in a string of high profile corruption investigations — has now officially escaped the fall of the axe in criminal and internal investigations.

He had been accused, alongside controversial Umhlanga businessman Thoshan Panday, on a string of charges relating to a police accommodation scam, as well as the alleged bribing of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

Madhoe was accused of manipulating police procurement processes, essentially channelling millions to Panday via his company Gold Coast Trading.

He had been arrested in a police sting, after placing a bag with over R1 000 000 in cash in Booysen’s boot.

Madhoe and Panday were acquitted of all charges.

The criminal investigation into Madhoe, Panday and other top police officers eventually unleashed a chain of events which saw Booysen suspended, and 28 members of the Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit indicted on a raft of charges.

His attorney, Ravendra Man-

iklal, yesterday confirmed a final order had been granted in favour of his client, effectively preventing the police from pursuing internal charges against him.

The minister of Police was ordered to pay the costs of the application. “The order was granted because of the unnecessary delays in charging my client departmentally and justice delayed is justice denied,” he said.

Maniklal hailed the judgment in their urgent application as a landmark case for workers who had been targeted by their employers. “This is an outcome for all in the public service. It is likely it will be a reported judgment in the law book and serve as a reminder to the state and police to follow their own regulations.

“It matters not what the allegations are — things should be dealt with timeously, otherwise it creates the wrong impression and the police, especially in this case, were governed by regulations which must be adhered to unless a reasonable reason for the delay could be supplied — and they were unable to put forth any,” Maniklal said.

He said that it had been the delay that had scuppered the case against Madhoe.

“He was first charged departmentally in 2012 and nothing came of it. Now all of a sudden when Booysen’s case was finalised my client was charged again. Booysen was going to be a witness, but now this has been set aside,” he added.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said they would not comment on the disciplinary affairs of their staff.

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