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NPA's Batohi to drop racketeering charges against Johan Booysen

Prosecutions boss Shamila Batohi has decided to withdraw racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen and others.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutions boss Shamila Batohi has decided to withdraw racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen and former Cato Manor detectives.

The initial decision by fired former deputy national director of prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba was set aside by the Durban High Court but the charges were later reinstated by Advocate Shaun Abrahams when he was appointed to lead the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The NPA’s Bulelwa Makeke said that Batohi appointed a panel to review the racketeering authorisations and provide her with a legal opinion.

"The panel's unanimous conclusion is that in respect of the authorisations, a proper case was not made out on the papers presented and therefore the authorisation were not valid. After careful consideration of the report and the relevant material and a discussion with the panel, the NDPP concurs that the state authorisations are invalid."