Businessman held for R2m bribe

2011-09-25 11:15

Johannesburg - A Durban businessman has been arrested for involvement in an attempt to bribe the Hawks KwaZulu-Natal head Johan Booysen with R2m, the unit's spokesman said.

He was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday after returning from Zambia, said spokesperson McIntosh Polela in a statement. The arrest comes after a police officer dropped a suitcase containing over R1.3m into Booysen's car, said Polela.

Colonel Navin Madhoe was arrested for the crime last week. A further R700 000 was expected to be paid later, according to media reports.

"The bribe attempt was to obtain a sensitive document central to a corruption investigation," said Polela.

The Sunday Tribune named the businessman as Thoshan Panday, who is also being investigated for involvement in a R60m police travel scam.

Panday is expected to appear in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Monday facing charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. 

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