Durban businessman allegedly back in NPA crosshairs

2015-06-30 14:44
Thoshan Panday. (City Press)

Thoshan Panday. (City Press)

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Durban - The National Prosecuting Authority’s ace advocate Gerrie Nel is believed to have spent two days in Durban last week, apparently in the final stages of preparation to reinstate criminal charges against businessman Thoshan Panday.

Two independent and impeccable police sources confirmed that Nel and a team from the NPA had spent the days interviewing witnesses and visiting suspected crime scenes in preparation to reinstate charges against Panday and Colonel Navin Madhoe - for their alleged attempt to bribe KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen in 2011.

The bribe claim is that Madhoe placed R1.3m of Panday’s money in the boot of Booysen’s car, allegedly in exchange for Booysen altering the date on a document which would have seen off additional fraud and corruption charges against the two relating to a police accommodation scam.

Madhoe was arrested moments after the bag bursting with cash was placed in the car, the culmination of an organised sting operation.

Charges previously dropped

KwaZulu-Natal NPA boss Moipone Noko previously withdrew charges against Panday and Madhoe, citing that it would be in the interest of justice.

In April, Beeld reported that the NPA had reconsidered the matter after it received two independent requests from the Hawks (then under the leadership of Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

One source, who could not be named, told News24 that Nel had been busy.

“He was in extensive consultations with several witnesses who were involved in the initial case before it was withdrawn, and this is with the view to reinstate the charges,” he said.

This was corroborated by a second source.

‘Corrupt relationship’

The case will apparently lead to other high-ranking police officials who had a "corrupt relationship" with Panday and were believed to be protecting him.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said that the organisation was not in a position to comment on the matter after detailed questions were sent to them.

Panday hit back, affirming that he knew that the charges against him were “dead”.

“My legal team has submitted comprehensive representations to the office of the NDPP. To date this office has been silent. It is quite obvious that Gerrie Nel is merely assisting Booysen to further his personal vendettas against me,” he said.

“I am aware of clandestine meetings having taken place. It has always been Booysen’s modus operandi to utilise the media to gain sympathy for his own agenda.

"I have confirmation from heads of the ACTT unit that these matters are dead. As it stands the nolle prosequi [no prosecution] decisions are still effective,” he added.

Madhoe was contacted for comment, but did not respond at the time of publishing.

Read more on:    npa  |  johan booysen  |  thoshan panday  |  gerrie nel  |  durban  |  crime

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