- Former KZN Hawks head, Johan Booysen, provided the Zondo Commission with two days of bombshell testimony
- He described how officials would interfere in investigations in order to protect politically-connected criminals
- He painted a portrait of a justice system riddled with corruption
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Over two days, former KZN Hawks head, Johan Booysen, provided the Zondo Commission with detailed testimony regarding political interference in law enforcement.
He described how politically-connected criminals were able to influence investigations in order to avoid justice.
His revelations were among the most damning the State Capture Inquiry has heard so far.
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Booysen provided insight into several instances of political overreach into justice. Among these was a case where political appointees attempted to shut down a Hawks investigation into Thoshan Panday, a KZN businessman.
Panday had allegedly attempted to unlawfully receive millions of Rands from the SAPS in early 2010.
Booysen also spoke about a case regarding members of the KZN Provincial Legislature, Peggy Nkonyeni and Mike Mabuyakhulu. They faced criminal charges stemming from a shady contract. However, the NPA's Lawrence Mrwebi and Anthony Mosing decided not to prosecute them, according to the Daily Maverick.
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Booysen also alleged that one-time KZN DPP head, Advocate Moipone Noko, would drop charges against politically-connected criminals, including Peggy Nkonyeni and Thoshan Panday.
He also alleged that dockets and case files were routinely tampered with and edited, in order to remove incriminating evidence against certain individuals.
Booysen's testimony implies that several high-ranking law enforcement individuals were involved in these underhand dealings. He even singled out former National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega as being involved, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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