Johan Booysen tells inquiry he was ordered to drop probe into Thoshan Panday
The former KZN Hawks boss says he was given an unlawful instruction by the former provincial police commissioner
Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen has alleged that Mmamonnye Ngobeni, who previously served as the province's police commissioner, instructed him to drop an investigation into controversial Durban businessperson Thoshan Panday. Testifying at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday, Booysen said it was an “unlawful” instruction. Panday allegedly paid about R30,000 for a birthday bash for Ngobeni's husband, Maj-Gen Lucas Ngobeni. It has been alleged that Panday, who has links to former president Jacob Zuma, was then favoured by Ngobeni to obtain a police accommodation contract during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. It is alleged that Panday inflated prices and pocketed about R60m.
Booysen said he was approached by Brig Lawrence Kemp, the police's provincial head of financial services, who indicated that there appeared to be irregularities with the acquisition of certain services in the police.“On face value, it was clear there were some irregularities at supply chain man...