Cato Manor: Cele back at court

2012-06-22 12:02

Former national police commissioner Bheki Cele again attended the bail application hearing today in a show of support for eighteen arrested members of the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit.

Hawks investigators and investigators from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) gave evidence in the Durban Regional Court today on the investigation that led to the arrest of the 20 members Wednesday morning.

The charges against two of the men were withdrawn yesterday.

All three state witnesses conceded that the accused had made no attempt to destroy evidence or interfere with witnesses since the investigation began last September.

The bail application was adjourned earlier this afternoon to allow state prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa time to prepare his closing arguments.

In closing, defence counsel Guido Penzhorn said the arrest of his clients had been “a complete abuse” of legal process and that they should be granted bail.

He also described the state’s case as “spurious”.

The court room remains, packed with public order police members, armed with automatic weapons inside the court room.

Mathenjwa claims they had been brought in based on “intelligence”, but National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga later told City Press that there were no concerns that the accused might attempt to escape.

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