ICD to probe 'death squad' cops

2011-12-15 21:15
Durban - The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) will investigate the alleged involvement of KwaZulu-Natal's Cato Manor organised crime unit in the deaths of suspected criminals, it said on Thursday.

The investigation comes in the wake of a report carried by the Sunday Times last weekend, in which the paper alleged the existence of a death squad within the Durban-based unit.

"A task team has been established... The ICD takes the allegations seriously and investigators will review all the cases involving the members," said the directorate in a statement.

The team will be led by Innocent Khuba, who is the provincial head of the ICD in Limpopo. The ICD said there were witnesses to the atrocities as reported by the paper. It called on those witnesses to contact Khuba.

The paper alleged that the unit killed scores of people under the command of the province's Hawks boss, Major-General Johan Booysen, in 2008.

It said the murders were in retaliation for the suspected police killings and other on-going taxi wars in the province.

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