Probe manipulated, says police colonel

2011-09-27 22:29

Durban - A policeman accused of trying to bribe the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head claimed on Tuesday that the investigation against him was being manipulated.

He made the assertion in an affidavit read by his lawyer Joe Wolmarans during his bail application in the Durban Magistrate's Court.

Colonel Navin Madhoe said those investigating him were seeking to attack his credibility.

Madhoe and businessman Thoshan Panday are accused of working together to try and bribe Hawks head Major General Johan Booysen by offering him R2m to backdate documents in a R60m corruption case, so they would not be incriminated.

Both men indicated through their lawyers they intended pleading not guilty. The start of proceedings was delayed as the matter had to be moved from the Durban Commercial Crimes Court to the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

Panday was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Saturday on his return from Zambia, Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said in a statement.


He was arrested after allegedly dropping a suitcase containing more than R1.3m into Booysen's car.

The State has alleged that the remaining R700 000 was to have been paid later.

Wolmarans told the court the case against Madhoe was just a smokescreen. He said the case against Panday had been dormant for over a year and that Madhoe had refused several requests to testify against him.

During their appearance on Monday, Panday's legal representative Jimmy Howse argued it was in the interests of justice for both men's bail applications to be heard at the same time.

Madhoe's bail application continues on Wednesday.

  • Rumncoke - 2011-09-27 23:03

    So then, why the death threats...?

  • Manyoza - 2011-09-28 08:51

    Cops like these have no interest in upholding the laws of our country.

  • Mart - 2011-09-28 09:55

    'Take no prisoners.' If they are guilty 'slam them to the mat' with an urgency. Do not let 'legaleez' get in the way of justice. (this is not a contradiction it's a fact....more people who are guilty are deemed not guilty than the opposite. The war against crime demands that extraordinary rules must apply and if we need to play a judicious game of numbers then we must.))

  • DW - 2011-09-28 13:48

    Madhoe was arrested in a sting operation. He had just put R1.3m into the boot of the Hawk's car (it was Madhoe who did this, not Panday as the article implies). No matter how you try to spin this one, Madhoe, how do you explain this cash? You are a policeman. Where did the money come from and why did you pay it to Booysen? You got it from Panday to bribe Booysen to backdate documents so that the search warrants they obtained to get evidence in the case against Panday would seem null and void. I would say YOU are the one trying to manipulate the investigation. Not much fun when you are on the receiving end of the long arm of the law, is it?

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