NPA in overdrive
This week, the prosecuting authority brought charges – some of them new, some reindictments – in high-profile cases that have been hugely contested
On Monday, former prosecutor and now DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach was charged with obstruction and defeating the ends of justice. She has already appeared in court, and she and her former legal representative, Gerhard Wagenaar, were released on bail.
The charges relate to Breytenbach allegedly refusing to hand in her official laptop and deleting evidence from it while she faced an internal investigation for misconduct several years ago.
She was internally charged on similar grounds in 2013, but was acquitted.
On Friday, the NPA announced it would prosecute former Hawks members Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat, Major General Shadrack Sibiya and Captain Lesley Maluleke.
They face seven charges of kidnapping with alternative counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, one charge of defeating the ends of justice and four charges under the Immigration Act for illegal deportation.
The charges emanate from their alleged involvement in the arrests of seven Zimbabwean immigrants in November 2010 and January 2011, and the illegal deportation of four of them.
The NPA reinstated the same charges against KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head General Johan Booysen that were withdrawn last year.
Booysen made a brief court appearance on Friday, joining 27 members of the now disbanded serious and violent crime unit based at Cato Manor in Durban. They were arrested on charges of murder, robbery and racketeering in 2012.
The high court in Durban heard that the state was reissuing the same indictment containing 116 counts against Booysen, and it intended to call the same 300-plus witnesses it had named when the case was transferred to that court almost two years ago.
Booysen has argued in court and in SA Police Service (SAPS) disciplinary hearings that he was being targeted for prosecuting politically connected businessman Thoshan Panday, a former business partner of President Jacob Zuma’s son Edward, for allegedly defrauding the SAPS of R10 million in accommodation fees during the 2010 World Cup.
Booysen was granted R5 000 bail and will appear in court on April 1. Booysen, who has been replaced as the Hawks’ provincial head despite winning an SAPS review board hearing that ruled that he was being targeted, said he was convinced he would again walk free.