DA horrified at ‘sordid witch-hunt’

2014-09-22 00:00

DEMOCRATIC Alliance shadow minister of police Dianne Kohler-Barnard said that the pursuit of Major-General Johan Booysen was “nothing short of a witch-hunt”.

“I have studied the report of the SAPS disciplinary hearing of Booysen and I am 100% convinced of this. The findings by Nazeer Cassim SC, a man hand-picked by the police commissioner, are damning in the extreme.”

“She [Phiyega] and Mmamonnye Ngobeni come out of this entire sordid issue with egg all over their faces, and yet it seems they are choosing to take this fourth hearing on review. How many more millions of taxpayers’ money do they intend to use to try and destroy one of the best crime-fighters this province has ever known?” she questioned.

She said that the soaring crime rate in KZN could be attributed to the absence of Booy­sen and the Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit.

“Booysen was arrested and paraded by the SAPS in handcuffs before the television cameras for maximum thrill and publicity, while accusing him of multiple charges. This was shortly after his division had charged Thoshan Panday. That Advocate Cassim headed one section of his report ‘Ulterior purpose, politics and the sad reality of SA’ speaks volumes,” Kohler-Barnard said.

“I am utterly horrified that the SAPS have given notice in an attached letter that they intend to apply to review the findings. I have asked the minister of Police to tell me how much this debacle has cost thus far — for all four hearings, all of which exonerated Booysen. If the SAPS are given the go ahead to review this process, I will have no option to appeal to the public protector to investigate this matter. For the sake of this province, Booysen must go back to work today,” she said.

“Should the SAPS be so misguided to yet again take the result they don’t like on review, then Riah Phiyega must pay from her own pocket. They have milked the taxpayer far too long and far too much on this ridiculous case already,” she added.

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