Hawks KZN boss suspended

It’s understood fresh evidence has emerged in relation to the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad case.

FILE: The major general was accused of racketeering for his alleged involvement in the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad, but the matter was dropped. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hawks management has confirmed that KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysens has been served with a notice of suspension and given a week to explain why he should remain in his post.

This latest development follows reports that the National Prosecuting Authority was considering dropping the case against deputy prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba who faces charges of fraud and perjury for the failed prosecution of Booysens.

The major general was accused of racketeering for his alleged involvement in the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad, but the matter was dropped when a court found Jiba's decision to authorize the prosecution was unconstitutional.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi has confirmed fresh internal action has been taken against Booysens.

"He has been served with intention to suspend yesterday. This is an internal matter which we are not going to discuss."

Mulaudzi declined to provide reasons for this development, however it's understood fresh evidence has emerged in relation to the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad case.

While racketeering charges were withdrawn against him last year, more than a dozen subordinates still face charges of murder and assault.