The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday announced it intended to prosecute Durban-based businessman Thoshan Panday and Colonel Madhoe for allegedly attempting to bribe Hawks boss Johan Booysen.
Last year, the Mail & Guardian reported there was a batch of highly sensitive documents that could explain why flashy Durban businessman Panday appears untouchable.
The documents suggest that attempts to investigate Panday prompted the departure of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana, as well as the suspension of Robert McBride, the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), and Johan Booysen, the embattled commander of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal.
The evidence allegedly shows that police recordings of Panday’s conversations are at the centre of battles within and between the Hawks, Ipid and the police.
One crucial document, which was reportedly in the hands of the Mail & Guardian, was said to support claims by police sources that there was extreme sensitivity over Panday’s intercepted conversations with, and about, the Zuma family, including the president himself – conversations in which he was allegedly bragging about his relationship with the president.
The close relationship with Zuma is, however, not clearly confirmed.
He was arrested in 2011 after a sting operation implicated him and an alleged co-conspirator, the SAPS procurement manager, Colonel Navin Madhoe, in efforts to bribe Booysen, allegedly so to make the fraud investigation disappear.