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Booysen confirms link between Edward Zuma, Thoshan Panday

The details about the relationship are revealed in Booysen’s book 'Blood on their hands'.

Blood on Their Hands cover. Picture: Twitter.

PRETORIA - Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen has confirmed the link between President Jacob Zuma's son Edward and businessman Thoshan Panday, who was an investor in one of his companies.

The details are revealed in Booysen's book _ Blood on their hands_, which he has written together with journalist Jessica Pitchford.

The book documents how he has faced a series of allegations since he started investigating Panday for corruption involving other senior police officers in 2011.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced last week that it would prosecute Panday for allegedly trying to bribe Booysen in order to backdate an investigation report.

Booysen says that during his investigation of Panday, the Hawks ordered the police's finance department to freeze a R15 million payout to one of his companies.

He says sometime in 2011, Edward Zuma set up an appointment with him at his Durban offices.

Booysen writes that Zuma told him that he had invested R900,000 in one of Panday's businesses, but he wasn't receiving dividends.

Zuma reportedly asked the Hawks boss to release Panday's R15 million police payout so he could receive his money but Booysen refused.

Panday has been described as untouchable, allegedly because of his links to the president's family.