JOHANNESBURG – Former head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal believes the Guptas tried to capture him.
Major General Johan Booysen, who is currently facing 116 crimes including murder, said he was taken to the family’s home in Saxonwold in 2015. He claims that he was driven to the family compound by no lesser person than President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane.
He said Duduzane picked him up from Sandton three days before his interview for the top job in the Hawks.
"Only when we got to the place did I realise we were at the Gupta’s place…when we got inside our cell phones were taken in the foyer and we went inside and (were) taken to the lounge and the discussion took place over a cup of tea,” Booysen said.
The shortlist for the high profile security job had never been made public. Yet, according to Booysen, politically-connected Tony Gupta knew he was one of the four candidates.
“I expect the reason maybe he did that is to create the impression that if I got the position, he had something to do with it. And then he would in all likelihood have had a quid pro quo in the future.”
Ultimately, the top job went to the then-acting head of the Hawks, Berning Ntlemeza a decision which in March 2017 was ruled unlawful and invalid by the Pretoria High Court.
At that point, Booysen felt comfortable enough to disclose the Gupta meeting to the Hawks and filed an affidavit.
eNCA has confirmed Booysen’s affidavit with two sources.