When Johan Booysen shows he is not concerned about his image, admitting his failures in life as well as his successes in this book, the reader inevitably wants to know more about this man.
If you were one of the many wondering what on earth is going on while listening to the news on events in KZN since the 1990’s, Blood on their Hands will enlighten you on what happened on the ground and real story behind the news reports. The seemingly endless bank robberies, the cash in transit heists, Police killings and the happenings at the Cato Manor Police station are but a few to take center stage in this gripping book.
The importance of communication and upholding the chain of command with regards to reporting structures and doing so with integrity and profound loyalty is evident , however one can clearly see that from the outset that this basic fundamental was not shared by General Booysen’s colleagues. The fact that General Booysen learned from mistakes and thus painstakingly ensured that all operations and reports were executed and reported factually and with a high level competence definitely a saving grace. The age old conception that certain journalists can be unscrupulous and bias when reporting in the media is a common thread that underlined over and over again.
The way the Cato Manor squad was disbanded left me with an uncomfortable feeling of history repeating itself.
Then the headhunt on General Booysen intensifies ….
When I completed the reading of this book I was left in awe. The blatant way the lives of 18 people were shattered by influences of unscrupulous businessmen, incompetent persons appointed to apprehend the law and corrupt self-serving NPA officials, were revealing of the current status quo in South Africa today, those that are consistently trying to uphold the law and ensure justice is served will always be challenged by those that have hidden agendas and even by those with blatant agendas.
General Johan Booysen's insistence on clearing h...
Excellent read, detailing the roles of many current leaders, politicians and families since the early days of our democracy, and how the police and individuals were used and abused by various parties involved.
An excellent read with very informative content. The rot in RSA Government institutions is more prolific than I ever thought!
This is the compelling truth of the South African Police Service of today. I can live myself into this book.