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KZN Hawks head returns to work without incident

Johan Booysen returned to work, defying an order by the state attorney that he stays away.

Johan Booysen returned to his office at the provincial police headquarters today without incident. Picture: EWN.

DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major-General Johan Booysen has returned to work, defying an order by the state attorney that he stays away, pending a review on his internal disciplinary findings.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and top officials, including suspended Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, have been accused of pursuing an agenda against Booysen.

The accusations have been contained in the findings of an internal police misconduct hearing against Booysen, which cleared him last week.

Independent advocate Nazeer Cassim, who chaired the investigation, ruled that Booysen should return to work immediately.

Booysen returned to his office at the provincial police headquarters today without incident.

This is the first time he has been on active duty since he was suspended in 2011, along with 28 other police officers under his command.

They were indicted on a number of charges in the Durban High Court, including racketeering and murder.

However, charges against Booysen were set aside, which paved the way for his return.

Top police management haven't responded to the allegations of having a vendetta against him.

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