Court lifts KZN Hawks boss’s suspension

2012-03-22 10:02

KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Major-General Johan Booysen has brought a successful urgent application in the Durban Labour Court to have his suspension lifted.

The application, which was granted today, was brought yesterday after Booysen was suspended with immediate effect on Monday despite an earlier court order preventing his suspension.

Booysen allegedly failed to act against members of the so-called Cato Manor “hit squad” which has since been shut down. A Sunday Times exposé alleged unlawful killings by the murder and robbery unit.

However, members of the unit who also face suspension, claim this is a politically motivated move to squash investigations against top corrupt police officials.

In his court papers Booysen claims the “smear campaign” against him is driven by millionaire businessman Thoshan Panday and the provincial supply chain police boss Colonel Navin Madhoe, whom he has been investigating for allegedly inflating police hotel bills during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Panday is alleged to have paid for a lavish party for provincial commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni’s husband.
The Durban Labour Court granted the order against Booysen’s bosses, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and national Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, with costs.

Booysen’s lawyer, Carl van der Merwe, had also brought an application to hold the police bosses in contempt of court for not complying with the first order.

This application has been set aside indefinitely.

State attorney Zanele Nhlayisi would not comment, saying she was not mandated to do so.

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