Cato Manor squad trial adjourned

2015-02-12 00:00

THE criminal trial of the so called Cato Manor “death squad” has been adjourned after the state made reams of documents available to the defence team.

Attorneys acting for the police officers, who face charges ranging from murder to theft, had requested further particulars relating to the state’s case.

State advocate Sello Maema and attorney Carl van der Merwe, who is acting for the accused, agreed to the ­adjournment, which would allow the defence team to ­examine the documents.

“We also may launch other interlocutory applications in this time,” Van der Merwe said.

In 2011, General Johan Booysen was charged along with members of the now disbanded Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit (SVCU), who are alleged to have murdered 29 suspects, planting firearms to make the ­killings look legal.

The indictment authorised by the National Prosecuting Authority’s former acting head Nomgcobo Jiba, claims Booysen ran a racketeering operation with his men, who are all suspended on full pay, and carried out paid hits while manipulating the SAPS system to secure promotions and merit awards.

Booysen had racketeering charges against him set aside in the Durban high court in February, and was also cleared of misconduct charges.

The squad are due back in court on March 30.

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