17 April 2019

South Africa: Hunted Former Cop, Major General Johan Booysen, Starts Tackling Law Enforcement's Captured Tentacles

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The genesis of a seven-year-long campaign against former Kwazulu-Natal Hawks head, Major General Johan Booysen, began unfolding at the State Capture Commission on Wednesday morning.

Over the space of two months in mid-2010 Major General Johan Booysen would repeatedly be ordered to stop a criminal investigation into wealthy Durban businessman, Thoshan Panday's dodgy deals at SAPS.

The controversial businessman is a powerful figure now known to have had business ties with former president Jacob Zuma's son, Edward.

What started out as a standard investigation over inflated prices for bed and breakfasts, the purchase of two Sony TV sets, blankets and flip charts would later escalate into a drawn-out battle that would bit-by-bit show how certain elements, entrusted with law enforcement in South Africa, had become "captured".

Booysen, boasting an unblemished career spanning over 40 years in the police service, is the first senior career cop to testify at the Commission.

His testimony is set to cover a broad range of developments involving high-profile cases and the conduct of senior personnel within SAPS and the National Prosecuting Authority and politicians in the period 2010 to 2017.

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