Booysen pleased with high court decision

2016-01-20 15:05
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Durban – Embattled KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Head Johan Booysen has said he is “pleased” with the latest decision by the Durban High Court.

High Court Judge Anton van Zyl on Wednesday denied the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation's (the Hawks') application for leave to appeal a previous court decision to quash the decision to suspend Booysen.

Van Zyl said there was "no reasonable prospect for success" in the appeal.

"The leave for appeal is denied," he said.

Commenting on the matter, Booysen said he was happy with the decision.

"I am, of course, pleased with the outcome. I have had full confidence in the law. It was a sound judgment and the justice system has worked."

Arguing the merits of the case, advocate William Mokhari who represented Hawks head Major General Berning Ntlemeza said that Van Zyl, who set aside the suspension in November, did not have jurisdiction to decide on the matter.

"The decision to suspend Mr Booysen must be dealt with by other structures that are provided by the laws in the country as such the bargaining council or the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration]. These bodies that have been created for these matters will be nullified if the appeal is not rejected."

Booysen was suspended by Ntlemeza in September. The court set aside the suspension in November.

Booysen insisted the move was the latest in a string of efforts to keep him out of office.

Ntlemeza claimed that Booysen had engineered a financial reward for himself and officers in his command for the killing of two suspects.

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