Former KZN Hawks boss to take legal action against NPA head

Booysen is challenging the reauthorisation of the charges against him, saying the decision is irrational.

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JOHANNESBURG - Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen is taking legal action against National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams for reauthorising charges against him and 17 others.

In papers lodged in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, Booysen accuses Abrahams of abusing his prosecutorial power.

Booysen successfully had racketeering charges against him withdrawn in 2014, when the court found that acting prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba's decision to institute the charges were unlawful and invalid.

Nomgcobo Jiba made the same authorisations in 2012 that were overturned on rationality, because the court found that she had no evidence in front of her to make such a decision.

In papers filed this week Booysen shows that Abrahams' authorisations and indictments are identical to Jiba's, to the point that it appears it was a 'copy and paste' job.

Booysen says there's no basis for racketeering charges against him or any of his colleagues.

He argues that he's been targeted by the police and the NPA because of sustained attempts to investigate senior members of the police.