'Cato Manor hit squad' case postponed

2015-10-09 17:10
Cato Manor officers appear in court. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Cato Manor officers appear in court. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - The protracted trial of the so-called “Cato Manor hit squad” has been postponed with two of the 28 accused ill and unable to attend court, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Friday.

NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the matter had been adjourned as the two were ill and the accused would be back in court on October 23.

This was the latest in a string of remands in a case that has stretched over nearly four years since 28 members of the Cato Manor serious and violent crimes unit were arrested.

The squad face a litany of charges including theft and murder, specifically of suspects during the course of their arrests.

They allegedly killed these suspects or rivals of taxi operators with whom they were doing business and were accused of planting weapons to create the impression the killings were justified.

Embattled KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen was initially indicted on charges of racketeering with the 28, but had the charges set aside in a successful high court application.

He has since been suspended for a third time, a fight he has taken to the Durban Labour Court.

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