NPA boss authorises prosecution of Johan Booysen & Cato Manor members

The former KZN Hawks head & 27 Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit now faces charges of racketeering.

The National Prosecuting Authority's logo at the organisation's head office in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has announced that prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams has authorised the prosecution of Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Head Johan Booysen and 27 members of the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit on charges of racketeering.

Abrahams apparently reached the decision last week while the accused are expected in court on Friday.

Booysen successfully had racketeering charges against him withdrawn in 2014 when the court found that then acting prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba's decision to institute the charges was unlawful and invalid.

The NPA has not disclosed what new evidence it has obtained to support Abrahams's decision to reinstitute racketeering charges against Booysen and his Cato Manor squad.

It's almost six months to the day that Abrahams announced the withdrawal of fraud and perjury charges against his deputy, Jiba, who was being prosecuted for originally bringing the charges against Booysen.

Jiba conceded in court in 2014 that there was no evidence in the 23 dockets and 290 statements the NPA had collected in the case against the general to support the racketeering charges.

She claimed she relied on additional affidavits.

However, the court found reliance on these documents provided no rational basis for her to reach the decision.

Booysen's legal team has not yet commented on this latest development.