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Cato Manor: KZN Hawks boss arrested

2012-08-22 16:12

Durban - General Johan Booysen, head of the Hawks in KZN, has been arrested.

This comes as Hawks investigators swooped on additional suspects in the Cato Manor hit squad investigation on Wednesday.

A total of 12 arrest warrants were issued. The suspects were brought from their homes or offices to the Durban SAPS air-wing base where they were processed.

A large media contingent gathered outside the base awaiting the arrival of Booysen, whose home was being searched by investigators.

He is the former head of the organised crime unit – under which serious and violent crime falls.

Earlier sources said Booysen and his legal team were meeting with Hawks investigators at his office to discuss the validity of the arrest warrants.

Unlike the June arrest of the 18, which was run by the Hawks with backup from the tactical response team, Wednesday’s raid was run by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) with Hawks playing a backup role after the public relations nightmare which followed the June raid.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said he expected the accused to make a bail application this evening. "We will not be opposing bail. If they wish to apply for bail they are welcome to do so."

Dlamini said thereafter the 12 suspects would join the 18 initial accused in court on Friday.

Collectively they face more than 100 charges including racketeering, murder, attempted murder, theft, unlawful firearm possession, defeating the ends of justice and assault.

Dlamini said the investigation into alleged killings by the Cato Manor unit, involving armed robbery suspects, taxi violence suspects and alleged ATM bombers, was now concluded.

Ten of the suspects were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, one in Pretoria and one in Rustenburg in the North West.