Johan Booysen to return to his post as Hawks head in KZN

Police management wanted to appeal an earlier decision which found Booysen’s suspension unlawful.

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PRETORIA - A High Court ruling in Durban dismissing the Hawks' application for leave to appeal in the Johan Booysen matter, has paved the way for the embattled top cop to return to his post as head of the elite unit in the province.

Police management wanted to appeal an earlier decision which found that Booysen's suspension was unlawful and invalid.

This latest development comes a week after the Hawks announced a new provincial head.

Judge Anton van Zyl dismissed the Hawks application on the basis that there was no reasonable prospect of another court coming to a different conclusion.

The Hawks had argued that van Zyl misdirected himself, as the matter is labour-related.

Last year, the judge found that there was not a shred of evidence to support the case against Booysen, and that Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza supported the case on mere speculation.

The court ruled that even after Booysen made representations to his superior, Ntlemeza relied on opinion, unsubstantiated by facts to dismiss Booysen's claim that there was a vendetta against him.

The Hawks have not yet commented on this latest development.