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NPA to prosecute Thoshan Panday, Navin Madhoe for corruption

The charges relate to an alleged attempt to bribe KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen in 2011.

FILE: National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head advocate Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA- The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has announced prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams has decided to prosecute politically connected KwaZulu-Natal businessman Thoshan Panday and police procurement officer Navin Madhoe for corruption.

The charges relate to an alleged attempt to bribe KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen in 2011, who was investigating the pair for World Cup tender fraud.

Booysen is currently suspended and facing charges of racketeering related to Cato Manor organised crime unit; a case he believes is linked to his investigation of Panday.

Panday is a former business associate of President Jacob Zuma's son, Edward.

Abrahams has charged Panday and Madhoe with corruption in terms of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act.

The pair allegedly offered Booysen more than a million rand in cash to backdate an investigation report into tender irregularities.

Madhoe was arrested moments after handing the cash to Booysen, while Panday was arrested several weeks later.

If Booysen had backdated the report, it would have rendered evidence detectives had legally obtained inadmissible in court.

The pair have always claimed they are innocent.