KZN Hawks boss to fight suspension

2015-09-15 15:49
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Durban - A lawyer representing KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen during his protracted fight to stay in office, has vowed that his latest suspension "will be fought".

Carl van der Merwe confirmed that the suspension, understood to have been served on Tuesday, would be opposed on an urgent basis.

"All I can say is we will be looking at all of the options legally and that this will be fought," he said.

Booysen has in the past successfully opposed efforts to run him out of his office.

He was arrested and suspended previously, along with 28 members of the Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit, who were accused of running a "death squad".

The case against the officers has stretched over four years, and has seen Booysen taking the fight to court.

He successfully had racketeering charges levelled against him set aside in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban last year.

He was then exonerated from departmental charges by an advocate who chaired his disciplinary hearing, and returned to work.

In previous court applications, Booysen has insisted that there was a concerted effort to side-line him because of his investigations into a politically connected Durban businessman.

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