Booysen describes how Jiba participated in efforts to push him out

Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen has provided a timeline which suggests the internal disciplinary and criminal cases against him were part of a campaign to force him out of the police and halt high profile investigations.

Booysen was testifying at the Mokgoro Inquiry in Centurion on Monday.

He has told the inquiry that he was leading the fraud and corruption case against Thoshen Panday - a business partner of former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward.

Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman was at the commission.

What he tried to put across with the timeline is how there have been efforts throughout the years and Jiba has been playing a part in this particular effort, to push him out of the SAPS because of the politically linked and sensitive cases he was involved in.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

He says that he was investigating a certain businessman by the name of Thoshen Panday and this related to about R 50 million fraud and corruption related to tenders during the world cup. Booysen was leading this particular investigation and says running up to 2012 he was aware of pressure on him and through various other parties to drop the case...

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

He says it got to appoint where one of the suspects had tried to bribe him to make the case go away, it was a week after that that when the first of the so called Cato Manor' stories emerged in the Sunday Times, he as then suspended, managed to successfully challenge that. He says once he had done that, he was then criminally charged and this relates to a decision by Nomgcobo Jiba to authorise the racketeering charges against him.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

He says there was no evidence to support the case against him.

Booysen says he was hauled to a disciplinary hearing, cleared of all charges but not permitted to return to work before he finally retired in 2016.

He believes that the cases he was investigating, this one in particular and the proximity to President Jacob Zuma, he believes that is the reason why Nomgcobo Jiba authorised the racketeering against him.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

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