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Booysen details how Panday defrauded SAPS of R50m

Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen said a Hawks investigation found Durban businessman Thoshen Panday had police insiders helping him.

Former KZN Hawks boss Johan Booysen. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen has detailed how Durban businessman Thoshen Panday allegedly defrauded the South African Police Service (SAPS) with over-inflated and fraudulent invoices.

Booysen has been testifying at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday as it looks into the capture of the criminal justice system.

He said a Hawks investigation linked Panday to fraud and corruption related to accommodation before and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in excess of R50 million. He was asked to provide an example to the commission.

“The claim submitted and settled by SAPS was R113 400. However, the actual cost of the accommodation was R29,400,” he said.

Booysen said the Hawks investigation found Panday had police insiders helping him.

“A target at provincial headquarters manipulated the system by ensuring that the claims were split so as not to exceed the R200,000 limit,” he explained.

Booysen also described how the police’s provincial commissioner instructed him to halt the investigation, which he didn’t do.

He also revealed how an internal investigation report he gave to the provincial commissioner made its way into the hands of one of the suspects in the Panday case.

Booysen was testifying about then provincial commissioner of police Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni's efforts to derail the Panday investigation.

Booysen said as the case against Panday progressed, he received an investigation report and gave a copy to Ngobeni.

Months later, he said detectives raided the houses of Panday and two police suspects.

Booysen said the document was found at the home of Colonel Navin Madhoe – one of the suspects.

Booysen also described how Ngobeni unlawfully instructed him on several occasions to stop the Panday investigation.

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