- Shamila Batohi has withdrawn the racketeering charges against former KZN Hawks head, Johan Booysen
- This comes after a review panel found that the authorisation of the charges was invalid
- Booysen had previously claimed there was no evidence to support the charges against him
NPA head Shamila Batohi has dropped the racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head, Johan Booysen, as well as several Cato Manor detectives.
According to the NPA, this comes after Batohi established a panel to review the charges.
The panel found that the authorisation of the charges was not valid.
The initial decision to prosecute Booysen and others was made by former deputy-national director of prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, who was later fired by Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Durban High Court set aside the charges, but they were later reinstated by Shaun Abrahams while he was in charge of the NPA, according to The Citizen.
The NPA says that the panel decided unanimously that the authorisation of the charges against Booysen was invalid, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The charges are related to a police unit based in Cato Manor. Booysen has said that former police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, put pressure on prosecutors to prosecute the unit for racketeering. Additionally, Booysen told the Mokgoro Commission that Jiba decided to prosecute him despite there being no evidence to support the charges.
Former National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, also told the Zondo Commission that there was no evidence that Booysen had engaged in racketeering.
Jiba has denied Booysen's allegation, however.
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