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'Decision to prosecute Booysen is based on strong evidence'

The NPA announced that Booysen and members of the Cato Manor unit are expected in court on Friday.

The National Prosecuting Authority's head office in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN
National Prosecuting Authority,Shaun Abrahams,Major General Johan Booysen,Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit
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PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has defended the decision by prosecution boss Shaun Abrahams to reinstitute racketeering charges against Johan Booysen

The organisation announced today that the former head of the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks and 27 members of the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit are expected in court on Friday. 

Booysen successfully had racketeering charges set aside in 2014 when a court found Abrahams’ deputy Nomgcobo Jiba’s decision to institute them was irrational.

The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku says Abrahams made the decision based on the strength of evidence and the belief that the case can be successfully prosecuted. 

“He considered all the evidence contained in the docket and nothing outside the docket. Therefore other considerations are really immaterial. So what is contained in the docket is in line the prosecutorial guidelines.”

Mfaku declined to say whether new evidence has emerged since Booysen successfully applied to the High Court two years ago to have the same charges withdrawn. 

The court found that the material Jiba relied on did not support her decision to prosecute.

The NPA has also dismissed claims of a political conspiracy against Booysen.

Booysen is central to a corruption case against politically connected businessman Thoshan Panday. 

Mfaku denies there’s any vendetta against Booysen. 

“We are aware of the conspiracy theories that are aimed at discrediting the NPA for upholding the Constitution, we really do not take cognisance of them. They will not deter the national director from discharging his responsibilities.”

In a legal opinion addressed to Abrahams in August last year, prosecutor Jan Ferreira stated that after considering the evidence against Booysen, it would be nearly impossible to convince a court that he’s guilty. 

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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