KZN Hawks head back in the firing line

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen is in the firing line yet again – facing suspension from his post.

It is understood that Booysen, who has in the past successfully rebuffed efforts to run him out of his office, was on Wednesday served with a "notice of contemplated suspension" from police management.

His attorney, Carl van der Merwe, confirmed this when contacted by News24, but could not be drawn to comment on what basis police brass intended suspending the provincial Hawks head.

“He [Booysen] has been served with a notice of contemplated suspension, which means that he has been given time to make representations as to why he should not be suspended,” Van der Merwe said.

Booysen 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 High Court in Durban.

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 had been a concerted effort to side-line him because of his investigations into a politically connected Durban businessman.  

Booysen, national police spokesperson Solomon Makgale and Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing.   

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