Former major-general at Friends of Kloof Library Forum

2016-10-25 06:00
Kloof Library Forum will host Johan Booysen at the Kloof Library Hall. Photo: supplied

Kloof Library Forum will host Johan Booysen at the Kloof Library Hall. Photo: supplied

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THE Friends of Kloof Library Forum will be hosting Johan Booysen and Jessica Pitchford (co-author) to discuss their new book, Blood on their Hands at 6pm on Tuesday, 1 November at Kloof Junior Primary School.

The publishers, Pan Macmillans, described the book: “When Johan Booysen hears that the new provincial police chief takes backhands from a Durban businessman, he [Johan] decides to give her [police chief] the benefit of the doubt.

“But the evidence becomes impossible to ignore and he soon gets dragged down the corridors of power and politics in a web of intrigue, deceit and betrayal that, at times, he has trouble making sense of.

“Only when he is arrested, handcuffed and tossed into a cell does Booysen realise just how ruthless those opposed to him are – an opposition he comes to call the ‘cabal’ – and whom he believes have more blood on their hands than the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad with which he is closely associated.

Blood on their Hands traces Booysen’s life and career – from patrolling the streets of Amanzimtoti in the 1970s to his rise in 2010 to major general and head of KZN’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation unit, the Hawks.

“But his tenure is short-lived. When Booysen decides to take on those determined to be rid of him, each legal battle he wins is met by hostility and further efforts to shut him out of the of the criminal justice system. But capitulating is not in his DNA.”

Tickets on sale at the Kloof Library at R50 per ticket or R35 if you are an up-to-date paid member of Friends.

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