Suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head General Johan Booysen has
appeared in the Durban High Court for the state to re-serve an indictment
outlining racketeering charges against him.
Booysen, who had successfully forced the state to withdraw the
charges – which relate to an alleged hit squad operated by members of the Cato
Manor Serious and Violent Crime Unit under his command – was re-arrested this
After the brief court appearance, in which he joined the 27 unit members
charged with 14 counts of murdering suspects in taxi violence, cash in transit
and ATM bombing cases, Booysen was again released on bail of R5000.
The case was adjourned until April 1, when Booysen’s legal team
will lodge an application challenging the re-issuing of the racketeering
certificate by the national director of public prosecutions in terms of the
Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
The charge against Booysen had been withdrawn
after the court earlier found that the issuing of the certificate had been
An identical indictment to the original one served on Booysen and
his colleagues when the case was transferred to the high court two years ago was
The court heard that the same 309 witnesses named in the
indictment would be called to give evidence and that the state did not, at this
stage, have any new witnesses or evidence which it wanted to bring to
This morning Booysen, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and grey
shoes, appeared relaxed and confident as he joined his 27 colleagues – two have
died since the charges were laid against them in June 2012 – in a three-tier
dock in Durban’s A Court.
The courtroom was packed with family members of the accused and the
14 victims. A large, heavily armed contingent of riot police was deployed in the
Booysen told City Press after the short hearing that he was
confident that his application to have the racketeering certificate – and thus
the additional murder, conspiracy and defeating the ends of justice charges –
dismissed would be successful.
“I have been in this court six times since this case began and each
time I have won with the state being ordered to pay costs. I am confident that I
will win this case as well,” Booysen said.
Booysen has also successfully won a series of disciplinary cases
aimed at removing him from office that, at last tally, had cost the taxpayer