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KZN Hawks head blocked from returning to work

Riah Phiyega & some top police officials have been accused of pursuing an agenda against Johan Booysen.

FILE: Riah Phiyega & some top police officials have been accused of pursuing an agenda against Johan Booysen. Picture: Sapa.

DURBAN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and some top officials, including suspended Crime Intelligence Unit head, Richard Mdluli, have been accused of pursuing an agenda against KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head General Johan Booysen.

The Witness newspaper is reporting that the criticism is contained in the findings of an internal police misconduct hearing against Booysen, which was concluded last week.

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

But his return has been blocked, with the state advocate taking the findings on review.

The newspaper is reporting that Cassim found that Phiyega and other senior police officials, including provincial police head Mamonye Ngobeni and Mdluli, had a hand in ousting Booysen.

In 2011, Booysen was charged along with members of the now disbanded Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit, with allegedly killing 29 suspects and planting firearms to make the killings look legal.

An indictment authorised by then National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) acting head Nomgcobo Jiba, claims the Hawks head ran a racketeering operation with his men, who are all suspended on full pay.

Booysen had charges against him set aside in February, but a departmental misconduct investigation ordered by police top management just day later kept him out of office.

The paper says Cassim's findings indicate an agenda to get rid of Booysen because he's perceived at a determined professional policeman who will strive to bring wrong-doers to book.

Police management declined to comment until the matter was finalised.