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

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MON­DAY

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.

FRI­DAY

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.

FRI­DAY

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.

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