Hawks boss Booysen’s court bid stalls Cato Manor case

2013-05-09 12:23

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The Cato Manor hit squad accused have made a brief appearance in the high court in Durban.

The accused, all members of the now disbanded Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crime Unit, will appear in court again on November 18.

Judge Thomas Ncube agreed to allow the adjournment to accommodate a separate court application by unit commander and suspended provincial Hawks boss General Johan Booysen.

Booysen’s application, lodged last week, challenges the validity of the racketeering charges against him and his men.

Today’s appearance was tightly controlled by department of justice officials who restricted the number of people allowed into court. There was a presence of heavily armed Tactical Response Team (TRT) officers inside the court.

Booysen and his men face more than 100 charges, including racketeering, murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. They are accused of killing suspects in armed robbery and other cases and planting weapons at crime scenes to justify fatal shootings.

Prosecutor Sello Maema today confirmed that the state was not providing the accused, who are all suspended, with legal representation.

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