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Crime unit disbanded

2012-02-19 10:36

Durban - The organised crime unit at Cato Manor has been officially disbanded, according to The Sunday Times.

The newspaper reported that the Cato Manor organised crime unit was officially disbanded this week and was being investigated.

The Independent Complaints Directorate, investigating the unit with the Hawks, apparently suspended two senior officials in KwaZulu-Natal this week because of their poor handling of the Cato Manor case.

Commanding officer Major General Johan Booysen was also reportedly served with a letter of "intention to suspend" this week, reported the newspaper.

He was given until Friday to provide reasons as to why he should not be suspended.

The Hawks told Sapa on Wednesday that the unit's offices were to be shut down permanently.

"Investigations were done on the Cato Manor crime unit and a decision has been made to move the officers to the organised crime unit's head office in central Durban," spokesperson McIntosh Polela said.

Comments
  • Andriaan - 2012-02-19 10:57

    Funny if the cops don't sort the criminals out they r crap, when they do people still b1tch and moan... At least they got justice against the criminals. No loss on that

  • Larry - 2012-02-19 11:02

    These guys were out of control, but who's fault is that.

      luytster - 2012-02-19 14:25

      These guys were fearless thats why they had such a good kill rate.

      luytster - 2012-02-19 14:26

      I would say that all other squads should try and match their arrest rate.

      pennykatz - 2012-02-21 10:48

      Luytster, compare the kill rate to the victims, its a drop in the ocean. The kill rate vs the victims is nothing, they are and always will be my heros.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-19 11:08

    Set a thief to catch a thief - or should I say - too many thieves and not enough policemen ....

      Marcell - 2012-02-19 11:22

      Enough Indians, not enough chiefs?

      luytster - 2012-02-19 14:34

      Helooo, the head of this unit is a big witness in a huge fraud case against the the whole lot of KZN mafia see http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/booysen-used-me-in-a-plan-to-oust-ngobeni-1.1237447 come on people wake up and educate youreself.

  • Zion - 2012-02-19 15:55

    What kind of country? where the investigators are investigated. Next on the list: The Hawks. Or the Hawks will be investigating themselves.

  • manuela1920 - 2012-02-19 19:22

    What all the articles on this unit fail to mention is the true facts of the lives of the policemen that work at Durban Organised Crime Unit Cato Manor. A unit that is the most successful in the country. All the articles fail to mention that these policemen and women face the most violent criminals in the country and investigate dockets od the most high profile crimes committed by the most dangerous and violent criminals this country has produced and the harder they work and the more success they achieve sadly brings them closer to the barrel of the firearms of the criminals they persue. while we all slept in our warm beds these detectives were investigating and arresting those criminals by putting their own lives on the line so that the rest of us law abiding SA could have a hope of living in a safer country. The articles don't mention the Unit's W/Officer Maharaj who recently was killed in the line of duty leaving a wife and young kids,orthat most of the members have bullet holes in their own bodies from shootouts with violent criminals, or that a normal day at the office for these detectives was to attend bloody gruesome crime scenes, to console rape victims and to see a parent's face after their daughter has been gang raped while her boyfriend was forced to watch at gunpoint. They attended these scenes DAILY. They then set out to catch these criminals and bring them to book and when these criminals resisted with deadly force they would be fatally woun.ed

  • manuela1920 - 2012-02-19 19:35

    The sad thing with these articles is that they demotivate hard working members, who were once hailed as heros!!!! Booysen is also a vital witness in a corruption investigation regarding Toshan Panday, senior policeman and people with political connections. He too was a hero until this investigation started. Isn't it strange? BOOYSEN AND MEMBERS OF THE DURBAN ORGANISED CRIME UNIT, CATO MANOR, WELL DONE BOYS. YOU SERVE AND MAKE US PROUD. YOU ARE HEROS !!!!!

  • Penny Katz - 2012-02-21 10:38

    Absolutely disgusting that the men who keep us safe, the men who spend their lives keeping and putting the trash that murder our family/friends are now the victims. Shocking! Durban Organised Crime Unit have my full support.

  • pennykatz - 2012-02-21 10:44

    Durban Organised Crime Unit have my full support. Its shocking how the very men who fight crime, who find the people who murder/rape our family/friends are now the victims. Where the hell is the justice in that. They have spent their lives fighting the corrupt and evil, doing all they can to help allow us to sleep at night, for what. To have the very country they serve and protect to turn their backs on them and accuse them. No wonder so many South Africans are leaving. I bet crime will be on the increase. Since when is it a crime to protect ones self, or must the cop be dead or dying before he can pull his weapon out and fight back.

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