KZN Hawks boss’s case de­layed

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ALL HOPE that the trial of sus­pended KwaZulu-Na­tal Hawks boss Ma­jor-Gen­eral Jo­han Booy­sen and 25 co-ac­cused would pro­ceed swiftly in the com­ing year were dashed when the case against them was post­poned again yes­ter­day in the Dur­ban High Court for the 13th time. Judge Shyam Gyanda post­poned the mat­ter on the agree­ment from both the State and the de­fence, to al­low ap­pli­ca­tions to have the rack­e­teer­ing charges de­clared null and void.The case was ad­journed to Septem­ber 29. Booy­sen and 25 other ac­cused face a host of charges, rang­ing from cor­rup­tion and rack­e­teer­ing to mur­der and at­tempted mur­der. Booy­sen and the other men, who were ar­rested and charged in 2012, have stead­fastly de­nied the charges, in which the State claims that Booy­sen headed a crim­i­nal en­ter­prise, which in­cluded paid hits car­ried out on mem­bers of the taxi in­dus­try. Booy­sen has al­ready had the charges, which were ini­ti­ated by then act­ing Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions ad­vo­cate Nomg­cobo Jiba, thrown out of the Dur­ban High Court by Judge Trevor Gor­ven in Fe­bru­ary 2014. But last year, the cur­rent Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions, Shaun Abra­hams, had them re­in­stated. – ANA

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