Hawks top cop gets death threats

2011-09-19 07:25
Johannesburg - Hawks top policeman Johan Booysen, who is heading a probe into a R60m police travel and accommodation scam, is receiving death threats, according to a report on Monday.

IOL reported that Booysen had left his home several times after receiving the threats.

The investigation has so far netted a senior police procurement officer, Colonel Navin Madhoe, 42, who was arrested over a week ago.

Madhoe was arrested shortly after allegedly putting R1.3m in bribe money in the boot of Booysen’s car - in exchange for a document containing sensitive information related to the investigation.

The remainder of the money was allegedly going to be paid later.

During Madhoe’s bail application at the Commercial Crimes Court in Durban on Friday, prosecutor Bheki Manyathi opposed bail, saying the suspended policeman would be a flight risk.

The State alleges that senior police officers colluded with Durban businessman Thoshan Panday to inflate travel and accommodation quotations by up to 400%.

Opposing bail, the State produced an affidavit by investigating officer Colonel Leonard Sherriff, which fingers Madhoe as part of a syndicate involved in racketeering, corruption and procurement fraud which has cost the police R60m.

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