Johan Booysen. Picture: INL, NOKUTHULA MBATHA
Durban - DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard delivered a bombshell in Parliament yesterday, telling a police portfolio committee meeting of a high-level plot to murder the former head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Johan Booysen, which allegedly involves senior ANC politicians.

The politicians mentioned as being party to the hit plot are former president Jacob Zuma, Super Zuma, who is a member of the ANC’s provincial task team in KZN, former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni and ANC provincial co- ordinator and Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Sihle Zikalala.

However, at least two of the politicians, Zikalala and Super Zuma, denied any involvement in the matter, and said they would seek legal advice.

Kohler Barnard was addressing Parliament during the debate on the police ministry’s budget.

“So great is the fear of General Johan Booysen that a hit has been taken out on him. There is confirmation from three independent and reliable sources that MK vets from Cornubia, near Phoenix in KZN, have been taken on to do the job after meetings with none other than fired president Jacob Zuma, Super Zuma and Sihle Zikalala.

“Dudu Myeni is also implicated after she also met with the vets. Indeed, if General Booysen even stubs his toe, we will know where to look.”

Booysen told The Mercury last night that he had been told a while ago that his life was at risk.

“In the beginning I was sceptical, but then a second and a third person who were independent of each other ­approached me to tell me there was a hit out on me.

“The third source provided the most detail on the plans for an attempt on my life. He actually came from KZN, travelled to Mpumalanga and asked me to meet him at OR Tambo airport so that he could let me know what was going on.”

Booysen said the information he had received was that the senior ANC politicians had met the MK veterans. He said he was taking the threat ­extremely seriously.

“Over the past six years they have tried everything in the book,” he said.

Approached for comment yesterday, Super Zuma described Kohler Barnard’s ­allegations as rubbish aimed at tarnishing their names.

“I have never been in one meeting with three of them (Jacob Zuma, Zikalala and Myeni) together. I never been with all of them together meeting MKVA members.

“This is utter rubbish, and I will consult my lawyers because this is a ploy to tarnish our names,” said Super Zuma.

Zikalala denied any involvement in the plot.

“I have got no problem with Booysen, I have never thought of harming him. I will seek legal advice,” he said.

Jacob Zuma’s spokesperson, Vukile Mathaba, said last night that Zuma could not respond to the allegations before looking at them.

Myeni did not respond to questions sent to her.

The Mercury