Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen is the state’s star witness in corruption cases against the ex-business partner of former president Jacob Zuma’s son Edward — at the same time as the state pursues him for “managing” an allegedly murderous police squad. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is defending its decision to prosecute Booysen and 17 former members of the police’s Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crime Unit officers for racketeering, while using Booysen’s evidence as a key basis for the corruption cases against politically connected businessman Thoshan Panday. Panday is now challenging former prosecutions head Shaun Abrahams’s decision to overturn a decision by KwaZulu-Natal prosecutions head Moipone Noko to withdraw charges — linked to his alleged involvement in an allegedly dodgy multimillion-rand World Cup police accommodation tender — against him. The state is also pursuing another corruption case against Panday and Colonel Navin Madhoe for attempting to b...

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