‘Typing error’ earns KZN Hawks head a ‘contemplated suspension’ notice

2015-08-12 15:02
Major General Johan Booysen

Major General Johan Booysen

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The battle to get rid of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major General Johan Booysen is far from over.

In the latest turn of events, acting Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza served Booysen with a notice of intention to suspend him last night.

Three highly placed sources said Booysen – who is suing the state for R10.5 million in damages after his arrest and prosecution along with members of the Cato Manor organised crime unit – is now accused of defrauding the police service of an undisclosed amount of money that was intended for a reward.

Sources within the Hawks alleged that a typing error on a motivation for a monetary award to pay for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the murder of Superintendent Zethembe Chonco is now being used as basis for fraud against him.

“There was a typing error on the case number reflecting the incorrect month. So now they allege that Booysen and his colleagues benefited from a claim on a non-relevant case,” said a highly placed source.

The notice is also understood to be based on the alleged inflation of incentive claims for members of the then Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crime Unit involved in the investigation into the murder of Chonco, who was investigating taxi violence.

The killing of the man allegedly behind Chonco’s murder, KwaMaphumulo Taxi Association leader Bongani Mkhize, was among the charges laid against Booysen and members of the unit, who are still on trial.

According to Booysen’s associate, the documents on which the new attempt to suspend Booysen are based were not signed by him but by the then provincial head of detectives in KwaZulu-Natal, General Pat Brown.

“This is a load of kak,” said the colleague.

“They are still trying to get rid of Booysen by whatever means they can. He didn’t even sign the claim on which they have based the charge. This will get kicked out of court as well.”

Booysen’s lawyer, Carl van der Merwe, said that a notice of “contemplated suspension” had been issued but that he had no more details.

City Press has learnt that North West Hawks boss Jan Mabula, who led a group of more than 200 who arrested Booysen in 2012 along with his colleagues, visited KwaZulu-Natal two weeks ago, seeking any information that could incriminate him.

Booysen was later charged with murder, defeating the ends of justice and racketeering. The charges were dropped by KwaZulu-Natal High Court judge Trevor Gorven.

Gorven found that the then acting National Prosecuting Authority head Nomgcobo Jiba had acted unconstitutionally and that the charges against Booysen did not meet the minimum requirements needed for a successful prosecution.

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