Businessman held for R2m bribe

2011-09-25 11:15

Johannesburg - A Durban businessman has been arrested for involvement in an attempt to bribe the Hawks KwaZulu-Natal head Johan Booysen with R2m, the unit's spokesman said.

He was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday after returning from Zambia, said spokesperson McIntosh Polela in a statement. The arrest comes after a police officer dropped a suitcase containing over R1.3m into Booysen's car, said Polela.

Colonel Navin Madhoe was arrested for the crime last week. A further R700 000 was expected to be paid later, according to media reports.

"The bribe attempt was to obtain a sensitive document central to a corruption investigation," said Polela.

The Sunday Tribune named the businessman as Thoshan Panday, who is also being investigated for involvement in a R60m police travel scam.

Panday is expected to appear in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Monday facing charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. 

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-25 11:23

    Another mate of Jacob & Shaik.Well done McIntosh!

      duna - 2011-09-25 11:42

      Mr Pan-day, is now known as Mr Justice-day... or rather Mr Never-going-to-happen-day, if you know Jacob & JM.

      GetitRight - 2011-09-25 13:49

      Learn to read idiot. It was Booysen not McIntosh! Idiot!

      Spyker May - 2011-09-25 19:19

      What is happening about the Hawks' investigation into the Julius Malema case..? Nothing.., absolutely NOTHING.., must be allowed to divert attention away from the matter.

      Deeteem - 2011-09-26 05:35

      MacIntosh was a field reporter for e news and suddenly he gets all the shine for a mate of the herdboy getting arrested !! SICK ANC !!

      patch - 2011-09-26 07:04

      @GetitRight Well pointed out @Spyker May. It's an investigation. There is protocol. There is information to gather. You might be surprised tond Julius hasn't provided them with a neat folder containing all Limpopo tender irregularity information. You do remember what Hawks were investigating, right? @Deeteem Polela is a spokesman. He needs (normally) to be articulate, and reasonably intelligent, and understand implications of statements made on behalf of the organisation he is representing. Macintosh (who was actually a studio presenter) fulfills all of this. And releasing a statement on the matter, seeing that he is the SPOKESMAN, is not getting "all the shine". Stop being a bigot now. Your pig-headed racism is making you look foolish.

  • Dave50 - 2011-09-25 11:32

    I wonder if they were renting or leaseing a building or two. Sounds familiar, tell the Public Protector as she will get something done about it, a police inturnal investigation against a Colonel may be reviewed for the next 100 years before the politicians even start to review it.

  • Masese - 2011-09-25 12:08

    What is wrong with our country? Corruption, Corruption, Corruption, Corruption and Corruption!!! Why? Nigeria, here we come at a faster pace.

  • Masese - 2011-09-25 12:11

    When you vote for an alleged corrupt President, this is what you get. Everybody then get corrupt. In Sepedi, we say" Thlako ya morago e gata moo ya pele e gatilego". The English people also have it" The son of man will dance like his father gorila."

  • vegetarian - 2011-09-25 12:16

    @gatvol & Dave50 This is a pure crime incident that has nothing to do with politics yet you somehow see a political connection because of your burning wish to besmirch the government. The downside of your stupid preoccupation is that people who validly criticize the government for legitimate concerns are simple dismissed as people resisting change because of lunatics like you. I would much like to know what were your activities under the evil apartheid government, may be you were part and parcel of the evil apparatus.

      Vlooi - 2011-09-25 12:48

      @Vegetable - scroll down to Alans' post (two below this one). You might get your answer.

      Madoqua - 2011-09-25 14:03

      Vegetarian, you are falling prey to the very thing you are accusing others of. They are jumping to conclusions based on very little fact, but considerable experience of similar events that have taken place in the past. You similarly equate (in this and other posts) anybody that criticizes the government or the ANC with Apartheid, racism and right wing organizations. You seem intelligent and make good points, just to loose all credibility by attacking the authors of the posts and then pulling the race card. Play the ball and not the man and people will start listening to you. The may even be swayed by your opinions.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-09-25 20:25

      you are indeed a vegetable comrade - you simply can not talk corruption right,irrespective of your race,creed,colour.Deal with the truth dimwit

      MyPal_Al - 2011-09-26 07:41

      @vegetarian, unfortunately because the government tinkers where they should not be tinkering and deploys ANC people into positions and forces BEE & AA into all areas, they create this link. If they had not done this I would full agree with you.

      Joe Soap - 2011-09-26 09:31

      @vegetarian This arrest has EVERYTHING to do with the Government, as Thoshan lends Zuma's son his Porsche when he goes down to Durban, he also through the Zuma family receives tenders. I know this because I have seen these documents myself, how can you say this has nothing politics (Government) when ALL it is is Government Corruption and everyone jumping on the gravy train. How do you think Thoshan got his millions, considering a few short years ago he was a PMB tradesman??????????

  • herman.brummer - 2011-09-25 12:22

    Well done to the cop, I would of thought hard and long over that bribe.

      Mart - 2011-09-26 08:26

      I hope you are not serious about thinking long and hard about that bribe, and if so I trust that you would also have done the right thing. To anyone else please hear me....your honour and integrity are worth more than any amount of money can buy. This money may bring to you very temporary pleasure, but at the end of the day it will destroy you and your family. Get your mind right now and 'Just Don't Do It !'

  • Alan - 2011-09-25 12:33

    Lessons in Bribery in SA : whities don't take bribes as easily, and others cost less to bribe than R 2 m.

      PyroSA - 2011-09-25 12:49

      Race is not the criteria for taking a bribe.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-25 19:00

      Whatever makes you sleep at night

  • jen - 2011-09-25 12:36

    Well done Hawks. Respect!

  • T de J - 2011-09-25 12:56

    why is it that 80 to 90% of the corruption is been committed by indian and asian people they seem to be in top positions and just behind the scene. very clever . but remember that no matter how clever you think you are if it's illegal there is always someone that will catch you. well done to the honesty of the officer and all those involved.

      thetruth - 2011-09-25 13:32

      On the other hand it seems the likes of u and ur white buddies cannot see their success in SA and wherever they have been in the rest of the world...we call that RACIST ENVY

      allie - 2011-09-26 08:02

      Their so-called successes all come from dodgy tenders and deals AH.

      onthefence - 2011-09-26 16:59

      It is your perception - don't throw figures of 80 or 90% around when you cannot back it up - if you had to take real figures white collar crime is probably equally shared amongst all races.

  • iris.gibson - 2011-09-25 12:59

    Well Done Johan Booysens!

  • wjdladla - 2011-09-25 13:29

    I find it strange that News 24 bloggers always complain about crime especially corruption, but when something significant is done by the police (arrests), they still complain. One wonders whether there are any basis for complaints at all. Why not give praise where it is due? Here you have a bussiness person arrested for trying to bribe the police with a hefty some of money, the police do their part, but you have some commententors in this site with negative opinions.

      Madoqua - 2011-09-25 14:36

      @thetruth, you are sorting all whites into one kind and calling that kind corrupt. You also make the assumption that all white journalists are biased in reporting because they are white. Your comments are therefore racist. Racism: Wiki definition: "The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races."

      Bart23 - 2011-09-25 15:03

      @wjdlaldla - that will happen when you teach people to remember and not to grow like we do in SA, the extreme opposites will refuse to see any good in the ones they oppose and will never admit to it. @thetruth - you're talking such crap your breath smells!

  • semaj - 2011-09-25 13:54

    Wow. And the band plays on....what a melody.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-25 14:10

    I love it when corrupt guys get caught! Makes me feel good about my country! Johan Booysen deserves a Bells!

      Proffie - 2011-09-25 14:49

      Indeed. Give that man a Bells!

  • COCSA - 2011-09-25 18:35

    Very soon before the "next" President they are gonna be disbanded, I am afraid.

  • Ho - 2011-09-25 18:48

    I assume that he will now become a Meenesta..?

  • Frans Smith - 2011-09-25 18:49

    should have said; a durban crook, not business man. (wonder if he is from chatsworth or phoenix)? corrupt scum ball "and all"

      jen - 2011-09-25 21:50

      Frans Smith - You are disgusting.

      charlesaduplessis - 2011-09-26 06:35

      @Frans.. with people like you, our country will get nowhere. This was a job well done and another step in the right direction.

  • pig - 2011-09-26 05:52

    well done booysen!!!!

  • Hugh - 2011-09-26 07:20

    If panday was pat=ying a bribe to expoose the corruption then well and good but the amount of money suggests that vhe is involved in another ANC backhand

      Joe Soap - 2011-09-26 09:37

      @Hugh, now you seeing the bigger picture, many many more, and many many millions later

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