Booysen to sue Sunday Times for massive damages


Booysen to sue Sunday Times for massive damages

The former head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Johan Booysen, and various suspended members of the SAPS Serious and Violent Crimes Unit based at Cato Manor, are preparing to sue the Sunday Times and various senior members of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for “massive” sums in damages, following a recent ruling in their favour by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

In December 2011, the Sunday Times published a front-page report, written by its investigations team, in which the newspaper claimed to have uncovered “evidence of an alleged ‘hit squad’ operating in KwaZulu-Natal under the ultimate command of the province’s Hawks boss, Major General Johan Booysen.” 

Two months later, specially appointed police investigators had apparently still not succeeded in finding the “hit squad” evidence the Sunday Times so confidently claimed to have, but Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa, nevertheless proceeded to announce the permanent closure of the Cato Manor unit “due to the stigma given to it by press reports”.

Booysen and most of the members of the Cato Manor police unit were arrested shortly afterwards, in a manner designed to ensure maximum media exposure.

 

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Submitted by : David Pearce of Centurion on 2014-03-28 12:28:50
If it is true that politicians are manipulating the Police Force in order to favour their own criminal activities, then we really don't have a Police Force any more. I guess it is best described as a Police Farce.

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