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Durban crime unit police saga starts to unfold

2012-06-20 22:38

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal High Court judge has ordered that the bail hearing of 20 members of the now disbanded Durban Organised Crime Unit be heard on Thursday.

The 20 were arrested on Wednesday by a team of 60 people, who also searched the police officers' homes and work places. They face charges ranging from murder and the unlawful possession of ammunition, to theft and assault.

Lawyers for the men had sought an urgent interdict to have their arrests declared unlawful.

However, Judge Trevor Gorven ordered that their bail hearing take place in the Durban Regional Court on Thursday. Usually, bail hearings are not heard on an accused person's first court appearance.

The application for the arrests to be declared unlawful was adjourned indefinitely.

The arrests were part of a joint operation by the Hawks and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Counterfeit money seized

Three members were arrested in Gauteng - two in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, and one on the West Rand. The rest were arrested in various locations around Durban.

The unit's commanding officer Major General Johan Booysen, who was also the KwaZulu-Natal boss of the Hawks, was not one of the 20.

Those arrested were taken to the SA Police Service air wing at the old Durban International Airport. None of them resisted arrest, Polela said.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said 15 investigators had been probing various complaints since December last year. Polela said a quantity of counterfeit money was also seized during the arrests.

The unit was shut down in February amid allegations that an alleged death squad operated in the Cato Manor crime unit. Most of its members had since been incorporated into the Hawks.

Comments
  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-20 23:05

    To serve and protect...yeah right!

      Godfrey - 2012-06-20 23:10

      @Bob....more like to serve and protect the interest of their party.

      Boer - 2012-06-21 00:42

      Jeezzz absolutely disgusting to think these are the people that were chosen to take care of crime. Wow. Can you say corrupt ANC.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-21 08:04

      They ended up in the Hawks?

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 08:14

      with every rape/murder (farm or all murder)/massive corruption report, the overwhelming response from readers is bring back death penalty! In Cato Manor "we be having it" now all of a sudden we have an issue with it. this unit was disbanded and now arrested because they were investigating a crime syndicate with links to the top cANCer brass

      piet.strydom - 2012-06-21 09:39

      I am just wondering: "Who is corrupt - the arrestors, or the arrestees?" Somewhere something is hell of a wrong.

      wimpie.oelofse.3 - 2012-06-21 09:43

      If you are for the arrest , I take it none of your friends or family have been victims of brutal crime in SA. These guys are dealing with the hardest criminals in SA. And while they are in jail these criminals are just roaming free. Pathetic how the public turns there back on them and then wehn something happens they want justice, Did the criminals give there victims any justice? Rapest and murderers do not qualify for any justice, if they want to act like animals, then tread them like animals.

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 10:50

      @alicia does this include the 4 black cops and the indian as well as the coloured one??????

  • braamc - 2012-06-20 23:14

    Going well in this corrupt police force led by the cANCer

      Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-06-21 00:04

      You should be happy about this, it shows not all officers of the law are corrupt. It also shows there is some degree of independence in the force and judiciary. If it was all bad non of these arrests would be happening.

      Rodney - 2012-06-21 00:29

      Fhedzani, in total agreement, I am amazed that so many have been picked up in one swoop. Thank god not all cops are bent. Problem is, it seems more than half are bent or useless or both, but this is a good start. Can't wait till they start arresting all the bent politicians.

      Dor - 2012-06-21 10:29

      fool ...they investigating people with link to Anc like Panday ,thats why this as happened!!

  • matsoso.modisenyane - 2012-06-20 23:21

    THAT GOOD 4 OUR DEMOCRACY,WE DON'T NEED THE STALIN SOVIET RULE IN OUR COUNTRY.I SO WISH (IPID) CAN COME AND INVESTIGATE THE BRUTALITY,SUFFERING AND MISERY THAT IS CAUSED BY THE SO-CALLED BERET SQUAD(POLICE TASK TEAM) IN MATLOSANA AREA.

      Ian - 2012-06-21 01:16

      tell us again

  • matsoso.modisenyane - 2012-06-20 23:22

    THAT GOOD 4 OUR DEMOCRACY,WE DON'T NEED THE STALIN SOVIET RULE IN OUR COUNTRY.I SO WISH (IPID) CAN COME AND INVESTIGATE THE BRUTALITY,SUFFERING AND MISERY THAT IS CAUSED BY THE SO-CALLED BERET SQUAD(POLICE TASK TEAM) IN MATLOSANA AREA.

      Ian - 2012-06-21 01:16

      and again

      mncedisi.budaza - 2012-06-21 07:40

      Those guys are doing a great job, the whole kosh area have high rate of crime, first time I felt safe in khuma in december, y complaining are u part of those criminals?

  • siliziwem - 2012-06-21 03:11

    They wil b sentenced to the hospital like their father Selebi

  • mzuvukile.mbanjana - 2012-06-21 04:26

    Well done to the Hawks and IPD. These criminal police thought that they are above the law. Let's support the endeavors to get criminal police , out of the police force.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-21 05:33

    Great work!! Get rid of all the bad apples! NEXT !!

      clintonwoohoo - 2012-06-21 07:55

      Your an idiot ,why dont you check up on some facts.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 08:46

      Shame Gerald, you been suckered into believing this nonsense. These guys are innocent, setup by the very syndicates they investigating. Syndicate bosses with direct links to Zuma... Wait for the evidence to be presented, it will make you laugh at the sheer cheek of it...

  • jacques.alberts - 2012-06-21 05:37

    D.O.C.......The unit's commanding officer Major General Johan Booysen, who was also the KwaZulu-Natal boss of the Hawks, was not one of the 20. ???????????????????????????????????? What's op..Ntsha ????????

      jacques.alberts - 2012-06-21 06:03

      KwaZulu-Natal High Court judge has ordered that the bail hearing of 20 members of the now disbanded Durban Organised Crime Unit be heard on Thursday.

      jacques.alberts - 2012-06-21 06:06

      The 20 were arrested on Wednesday by a team of 60 people, who also searched the police officers' homes and work places

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-21 08:56

      What are you trying to say?? your opinion??

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-06-21 06:21

    Why so surprised!? We all knew they are a organised crime unit!!!

  • Zeek - 2012-06-21 06:30

    wow! who wants to live in this country.......it just does not stop. again!!! PS. Get Paid Daily... dotstraveller.zeekrewards.com

  • oom.kosie.9 - 2012-06-21 06:41

    This is not the full story. There is political motives behind this, the truth will come out. These guys are targeted by a corrupt high ranking officer who was arrested after he tried to bribe the unit's commander to let go of an investigation against him and a Durban bussinessman a certain Mr Panday. The real criminals are sleeping tight now.

      kaz.hse.7 - 2012-06-21 06:50

      Kosie, you seem to be very close to this situation. Trust me, the amount of complaints and evidence against these guys shows the contrary. Everyone should remember that these guys followed the same "ritual" as the late Brixton murder and robbery unit where they would get together and have a party after each successful "mission". Photographic evidence of this was splashed all over the paper a while ago. There's been various cases where suspects where shot and killed in a "fire fight" where there's more than one witness who clearly states it was a hit. Let justice run its course and those who are guilty be sentenced to the full extent of the law. At the very least what we need in SA is a police force that not only enforces the law but abides by it at the same time.

      Derek Gerber - 2012-06-21 07:17

      Go and read Noseweek, the whole Sunday Times story was fabricated on the basis of a so-called report manufactured by the corrupt officer.

      Michele - 2012-06-21 07:46

      Spot on oom, this is not the end of this lot. Booysen was investigating some very big fish down there with close political ties to JZ himself. The story in the Sunday Times was complete hogwash ( I stopped buying that rag after that fiasco ). Something stinks big time with this whole lot. This all seems to be conveniently happening in a year when old JZ is up for ANC leadership again. Strange how it is all happening in Natal which is his support base ?

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-06-21 08:09

      Whats wrong with having a braai. It's called team building. Corporates do it all the time when they clench a new deal.?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 08:49

      Kaz, the picture in the Sunday Times had nothing to do with celebrating a killing or whatever. You so far behind the real story and it shows in your ignorance. The picture was stolen from one of the members work computers by an IT technician paid by Panday. This has already emerged and the technician has confessed to removing pictures from these computers and giving it to Panday.. But I see you a typical judge by media type guy who really has no clue.

  • samkelisiwen - 2012-06-21 06:45

    Major General Johan is not amongst the people arrested? The Hawks are the one's investigating and this Major general works for Hawks? Some of the officers who were working for this crime unit have been incoporated to the Hawks? *Confused*

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-06-21 06:46

    This is the police! My God - no wonder crime is rampant in SA.

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-21 07:03

    So glad non of them is black,beaches

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-06-21 11:46

      And I am so glad they will all get off!!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-21 07:05

    One must remember that the Scorpions were disbanded because they came too close to the corrupt politicians. They were replaced by the Hawks, who's job it is to protect the politicians. Perhaps the Organized Crime Unit made a "mistake" by going after politicians?

  • jhdupreez - 2012-06-21 07:15

    The shield in action...

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-06-21 08:12

      @butho. The ANC allow the deaths of thousands of children because of malnourishment each year, treating them like cockroaches since 1994. They should be hanged at least.

      Joubs1957 - 2012-06-21 12:29

      Brandishing "The spear" lol

  • butho.ndlovu - 2012-06-21 07:20

    they have been killing people like cochroches all their life, they must be hanged at least

      Zahir - 2012-06-21 07:31

      Only dangerous criminals need to be afraid of these guys it is their job to go after them

  • Zahir - 2012-06-21 07:29

    They are going after dangerous criminals let them continue we need them in other areas why is govt letting criminals free

  • clive.brink - 2012-06-21 07:37

    There is more to this than meets the eye. Cops being arrested for doing what they were supposed to:- fight crime and the criminals. This whole saga stinks and the truth will come out in the washing!

  • FUNAMANGA - 2012-06-21 07:55

    Criminals have to go to jail

      Joubs1957 - 2012-06-21 12:31

      I agree Funa only here they are sending "top cops" to jail!

  • frank.nyoka - 2012-06-21 07:56

    Don't know who to trust,the hawks or the death squad.

  • mncedisi.budaza - 2012-06-21 07:57

    Its pity how we are complaining about corruption n yet we allowed our goverment to disband scorpion in the name of one person. We give the govermrnt the mandate to serve us people n the use our tax money. Politician had the way and the are so corrupt. Why exactly were scorpion were disaband? So how does it feel now, hawks laughing stock.polokwane desicion were taken to protect one person and we all knw that person

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-21 08:09

    Organised crime unit arrested by UnOrganised crime unit

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 08:12

    with every rape/murder (farm or all murder)/massive corruption report, the overwhelming response from readers is bring back death penalty! In Cato Manner "we be having it" now all of a sudden we have an issue with it. this unit was disbanded and now arrested because they were investigating a crime syndicate with links to the top cANCer brass

  • michelle.e.magson - 2012-06-21 08:16

    I think the only thing being protected is what they found out before they were disbanded.

      Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-06-21 08:26

      Michelle, if it was the Hawks being arrested and disbanded you would be crying foul also. Have faith in the judicial system, if there is evidence the case will go to trial. If this is a setup this will be thrown out.

  • Relentles - 2012-06-21 08:29

    Yes! get rid of these scumbag elements that are preventing our beautiful country from Shining!

  • gembleton1 - 2012-06-21 08:31

    News 24 stop deleting my comments or am I to political incorrect for you. I like the comments here , I think a lot of you are hypocrites, you are always calling for the death penalty for criminals, here was a team of SAP men that when after the worst of the worst , criminals that had no regard for the law, that were repeat offenders most of them out on bail for the umpteenth time , Murderers, rapist , bank robbers, cash in-transit robbers, and you all now say that these good men are the scum of the earth, I personally think they were doing a great job to get rid of the “scum of the earth” ( now you persecute them, you should be shouting out for them), I personally think they were getting to close to a political connection and they had to be got rid of much like the scorpions. I personal support these men and so should all law-abiding citizens of this country that want crime and violence against the population of SA to stop.

      Jannie - 2012-06-21 09:21

      spot on dude, These guys altough a questionable bunch and a bit unsavoury, were wiping SCUM off the face of the planet. I know why. Useless judicial system, overcrowded jails, presidential pardons. saved us millions in tax money, and saved many innocent lives. go and have look at WHO they actually got rid of.

      ben.nevis.906 - 2012-06-21 09:43

      Grant, you are closer to the truth than most people realise. This whole story stinks of a cover up.

      lindela.e.mtshali - 2012-06-21 11:11

      The problem Grant is where do you draw the line? Those men are human. What if one of them has a personal agenda with someone and they want them dead? What will stop them from eliminating that person? What if that person was you? How would you feel if you were shot down like an animal? Without due process of law. These guys were behaving like in the wild west.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-21 08:32

    I like the Statement made by their Lawyer \\they are accused of criminal act's meaning they broke the law BUT their arrest was UNLAWFUL\\ eish it nice to be educated neh

      John - 2012-06-21 10:44

      Read the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 avaiable at your local reference library. Perhaps you will then understand. You don't have to be a lawyer to read and get yourself educated. Good luck!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-21 08:52

    The thing is that the public will never know the story behind the story. Such a large group working together surely has a politically direction....who?

  • Jannie - 2012-06-21 09:18

    i reckon these okes did SA some favours

  • Jannie - 2012-06-21 09:23

    this is political

  • fran.dujardin - 2012-06-21 09:34

    And it has nothing to do with the fact that they were investigating Zuma's son and Richard Mdluli?

  • lindela.e.mtshali - 2012-06-21 09:50

    The other cops who are not members of this unit also carry weapons. They use them when required. Its not as if the rest of the force does not kill. If there is justification someone may be killed. Illegal killing is not excusable. Anyone who does it must face the legal consequences. If the allegation that the unit was investigating someone powerful and they used their connections to get rid of them, that person will eventually be caught and brouoght to justice. In Zulu we have a saying "okungapheli kuyahlola" everything comes to an end. Corruption may lead you to prison, when your friends can't protect you anymore. Or the DA and the Mail Guardian find out about it!

  • shizelle.laatzmack - 2012-06-21 09:51

    it makes me sick that people can just judge others! if you do not know the whole story don't comment.. these guys risk their lives for our safety in South Africa, I feel sorry for what their families and friends have to go through!

  • Simon - 2012-06-21 10:02

    this is a disgrace .they use state equipment to enrich themselves .i wish nathi will catch a wake up call . talking with no action ,that are the results . we dont have trust to the police force.take saps give it to the whites they will do goog job .

      jolan.subban - 2012-06-21 17:11

      Hey pri#k...u don't know ur elbow from ur arse...so shut up an wait till all is heard, I worked with these guys an let me tell u, they hav more balls then ull ever see...

  • John - 2012-06-21 10:32

    The PURPOSE of the first appearance IS to SET bail or not as the magistrate determines! Read setion 35 and 36 of the CONSTITUTION

  • bonganid - 2012-06-21 10:40

    Its a pity now most people find SAPS Corrupt and a disgrace in the New South Africa, but in the Apartheid era when black people were being tortured and murdered without second thought no one said jack. All of a sudden ANC is the most corrupt and disgusting party and government. Well if only we had to go back in time and switch places maybe you will stop complaining and talking nonsense as if other countries dont experience the same sh*t we having here in South Africa.

  • billidp - 2012-06-21 10:41

    Something about this whole story STINKS to high heaven! Are they a death squad and corrupt as stated or is this a whole fabrication cos they were getting too close to ANC bigwigs and what THEY are getting up to? In essence... don't believe everything you are fed...

  • lihle.manana.1 - 2012-06-21 18:02

    Its how they went about it,at times killing innocent women when they didn't know where their criminal brothers or partners were and at times were the stolen money was.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-06-22 13:25

    Fight crime with crime, our president is a criminal, a corrupt rapist, let the cops go, the did what they did for the good of society, they squashed the cockroaches . FREE THEM NOW !!!!

  • angie.evony - 2012-07-16 19:05

    Whilst many commenters seem to believe in the "Jungle Justice" theory, this country still has a judicial system of "Innocent until found guilty". When the jury and executioner is bypassed, how will an innocent man prove his innocence? From beyond the grave? There are cases of mistaken identity, lies and deceipt that lead to the arrest of innocent people. We may as well all take up our weapons now and shoot every person that remotely looks like a criminal, why wait. I believe the right thing is being done here, no matter how many guilty people need to go free, we should protect the innocent, and only the court can decide the guilt or innocence of an accused.

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