Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss General Johan Booysen on Tuesday welcomed National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shamila Batohi’s decision to withdraw racketeering charges against him.
On Tuesday Batohi announced that the NPA had withdrawn racketeering charges against Booysen and his co-accused, former and current police officers from the Cato Manor unit, with a panel of advocates finding that advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Shaun Abrahams’ authorisations had been invalid.
“I feel vindicated. It’s been a long haul but I never expected an adverse outcome to the trumped up charges against me. As I testified at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry I have no doubt that my prosecution was to neutralise me because of the cases I investigated and supervised,” Booysen said.
In an April 2019 affidavit, Booysen said that the destabilisation of the NPA had intensified under Abrahams.
He said that advocates such as Jiba, Sello Maema and Moipone Noko had essentially been designated through political manipulation to disrupt investigations into corrupt politicians and their associates