Cato Manor cops get property back

2012-10-17 21:44
Johan Booysen  (Khaya Ngwenya, City Press)

Johan Booysen (Khaya Ngwenya, City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - Items seized during searches of the homes of former members of the now-disbanded Durban Organised Crime unit will be returned.

Carl van der Merwe, the lawyer representing the men, told Sapa he had received a letter advising him that everything seized would have to be returned to them.

The 24, including the head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Johan Booysens, are accused of more than 70 crimes, including the murder of 28 people. They are all out on bail.

They were arrested during August and June. Many of them had their homes searched and numerous items were seized.

The raids were carried out in a joint operation with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (formerly the Independent Complaints Directorate).

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said the NPA "has decided that the accused can possess items that they are lawfully allowed to possess". These included computers and memory sticks.

All the officers were served with suspension notices at the end of August, pending disciplinary procedures.

Van der Merwe said none of the men had so far been informed of any disciplinary proceedings.

He said under the police's own rules disciplinary procedures had to be put into effect within 60 days of the suspension notices being issued.

The criminal charges relate to the deaths of suspects, and that the unit operated as an enterprise under Booysens' command.

It is further alleged that the policemen obtained financial benefits from associations and businesses, and individuals in conflict with the people they allegedly killed.

They would appear in the Durban Regional Court again on 29 October.

- SAPA
Read more on:    saps  |  durban  |  cato manor cops

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Keep your bike (and yourself) safe with these tips 2015-03-23 09:16

Whether you’re a newbie pedaller or a seasoned cyclist, knowing how to stay safe is the best way to enjoy your time on your bike.

/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are very sensitive to the energies of the people around you. If you are in service you may find that you are able to really...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.