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Cato Manor cops, Hawks KZN head suspended

2012-09-12 10:02

Durban - The head of the Hawks police unit in KwaZulu-Natal and members of the disbanded Cato Manor organised crime unit have been suspended with immediate effect, the Mercury reported on Wednesday.

The officers, including the head of the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Johan Booysen, face more than 100 charges, including 14 of murder, 14 of unlawful possession of ammunition, 14 of unlawful possession of firearms, and four of housebreaking.

Booysen told the Mercury that the suspensions were on full pay and were actually a blessing.

According to police regulations, police management had to institute disciplinary hearings within 60 days.

"We are looking forward to the disciplinary hearings during which the State witnesses will finally be made known and all issues will be ventilated so that the truth can be exposed.

"We will ask for an independent arbitrator and we will welcome the hearings taking place," Booysen was quoted as saying in the paper.

The 30 men were served with letters of intended suspension earlier this month. They were given until last Friday to give reasons why they should not be suspended.

They are expected to appear in court again in October.

Comments
  • richard.hipkin - 2012-09-12 10:16

    Yah!! Finally, now the truth can be exposed and those corrupt policemen and "state witnesses" conjuring up these false claims must now answer to these allegations. Behind our Cato Manor boys 100%!!

  • Kevin - 2012-09-12 10:49

    How does that saying go?....power corrupts....absolute power, absolutely corrupts!

  • brett.scheepers - 2012-09-12 11:18

    I have worked with some of these guys and they are very very good and dedicated cops. Don't judge them by what you read in the media alone.They were awards for their work but are now subjects of a political witch hunt. Crime is out of control but the Good Cops get locked up.

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-12 15:19

    at least its not only black government officails who are put on suspension with full pay, its a blessing

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-13 00:24

    ==== Organised Crime is not a game ==== Persons who face (police) Organised Crime as a profession perform high risk 'Operations' at high pace. 'Operations' that are considered 'regulatory' by some on one day, can be viewed by others as: 14 charges of murder, 14 charges of unlawful possession of ammunition, 14 charges of unlawful possession of firearms, and four charges of housebreaking. on a different day. This prosecution effectively means that the public are without 'Organised Crime Protection'. One thing is certain. If the charges fail - then the Hawks Head must explain the Game.

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