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State: Cops killed to enrich themselves

2012-08-24 22:07

Durban - Thirty police officers, who appeared in the Durban Regional Court on Friday, were an organised crime enterprise that enriched itself by killing, according to the indictment against them.

It described the Serious and Violent Crimes Unit (the original name for the Cato Manor branch of the Durban Organised Crime Unit) as an "enterprise", headed by KwaZulu-Natal Hawks' boss Johan Booysen.

"The unlawful activities of the enterprise began to manifest themselves from May 2008 to September 2011 through a pattern of racketeering activities," the State claimed in the indictment.

"... In some of their killings, the unlawful activities were motivated by the desire to enrich themselves through state monetary awards and/or certificates of excellent performance...," it continued.

The policemen have been accused of obtaining financial benefits from associations, businesses and individuals which were in conflict with the people they allegedly killed.

The indictment did not provide details of how the officers enriched themselves, or of the benefits they were said to have received.

According to the State, the officers acted with "common purpose", but it conceded it does not know "when and where the common purpose was formed".

The case against the officers - 28 KwaZulu-Natal organised crime unit members and two National Intervention Unit (NIU) members - has been postponed until 29 October to allow the prosecution time to provide the men's legal team with documentation about the case.

According to the indictment, the policemen face two charges of racketeering, 19 of murder, one of attempted murder, nine of housebreaking, three of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and 25 of unlawful possession of a firearm.

They also face, 24 counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, six of theft, three of unlawfully pointing a firearm, one of malicious damage to property, and 23 of defeating the ends of justice.

On Friday morning, family and friends of the officers gathered outside the court building. The courtroom was packed to capacity and security guards had to refuse entry to some people.

The Mercury newspaper reported on Friday that charges against another two NIU members were withdrawn earlier this year.

Dumisani Nzama and Vusi Ngondwana had since reportedly briefed a lawyer to sue the State.

They were arrested in June with 18 Durban Organised Crime Unit members.

While their names were on the charge sheet at the first court appearance, they did not appear in court with the others.

Shortly after that, journalists were told the charges against them had been withdrawn.

The Mercury reported that attorney Malcolm Lutge had confirmed he was representing Nzama and Ngondwana in a civil claim against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The other 30 policemen are out on R5 000 bail each. Among them is the head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Johan Booysen.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Moses Dlamini said Wednesday's arrests completed its investigations into the Cato Manor unit.

Comments
  • FeebleGastro - 2012-08-24 22:31

    Sounds like a witch hunt. Probably was interfering with the gravy.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-25 07:08

      They were part of the gravy and messed up.

  • bnnyoni - 2012-08-24 22:53

    Zuma police

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-08-24 23:54

    Our trust in SA cops is fading away day by day....the time has arrived where selection and appointment of police officers has to be based on post matric qualifications.....or else government will continue remunirating people for engaging themselves in criminal activities!

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-08-25 00:02

      Well, if I had an armed robbery occurring at my house with my family around, I sure would be happy to know that these guys are on their way, wouldn't you?

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-08-24 23:59

    To everyone who wants to donate to these guys, have a look at below link http://www.organisedcrimeunitcatomanor.co.za/supportUs.php Lets not let these guys go the way of the Scorpions, every Rand helps.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-25 07:18

      The scorpions were not hitmen and I dont remember them being arrested for a crime like that.Business people must stop paying police to commit crimes against our people to settle racial scores.

      Ntshobs - 2012-08-25 07:51

      Why should we donate money for people who are accused of such serious crimes???????????

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-25 14:19

      Racial scores??? Are you kidding me!! These are not hitmen, that can only be proven in a court of law and they haven't even started that yet. So your notion that these are hitmen is typical of trial by media.

  • sibongile.m.mbatha - 2012-08-25 02:32

    If only da governmnt paid ppl

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-25 03:38

    The State wants to Prosecute a group of 'State Employees' .... The Motive .... '..policemen .. benefited financially ...from . associations, . businesses and . individuals ..... in conflict with the people they allegedly killed. ...' Surely the first thing that must happen is the Private . associations, . businesses and . individuals must also be arrested and prosecuted with the same charges. If the police are connected to white-collar-crime then the ones in white collars must be dragged by their collars into the witness box.

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-25 04:00

      Organised Crime is not a game ... These cops are at the coal face of crime on a daily basis The State prosecuting State Employees is a high risk game. Evidence must be presented that conforms to the Constitution ... ie it cannot be stolen evidence. Can the arrest of these cops be connected to their refusal to drop charges/investigations into politically connected people?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-25 08:13

      A judge friend (now retired) once told me, "there are many ways to Cape Town from Durban,but in the end we get there"

  • lntshabele - 2012-08-25 05:28

    Some people's conscience are dead serious. You kill innocent people, plant weapons on them just to get certificate and incentives!! Sis maan.!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-25 14:20

      You really believe that?? Really??

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-25 06:05

    Pointing a firearm that one gets me.You might as well arrest every cop in S.A

  • ljmostert - 2012-08-25 06:51

    I hope they did their homework properly otherwise the state will be sued for milliosb

      de.dafteen - 2012-08-25 08:52

      They are going to be enriched by the state after the case because they will NOT be convicted on false charges. We stand behind you !

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-25 07:19

    A crime unit which worked to stop criminals dead in their tracks - obviously the 'STATE' is too far up the ANC's butt. Incidentally, why do i see some policemen in blue wearing berets? (is that the new communist look).

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-25 07:30

    Do not be suprised one day when the investigations find that there is a relationship between this type of policing and the former apartheid hit squards.which makes sense to me judging by the way they are being supported by people who used to favour that particular style of policing in the previous years.pay them, we will catch them.

      deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-08-25 07:57

      Are you serious? If that is the way you apply your thought process it is no wonder SA is a quagmire of idiocracy

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-25 08:23

      I can tell you what I think but I can not teach you to see logic.Idiocracy is when you think that everyone black is guilty of something and they deserve polic brutality.i know what im talking about and you know exactly that im right.you use the police to settle racial scores just like you used to do in the past.

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-08-25 09:24

      I think your tin-foil hat is a bit too tight, maybe loosening it might improve blood-flow to your brain. What excuse are you going to use once all the old Afrikaans Apartheid farts all died from old age?

  • morton.christie - 2012-08-25 07:46

    These guys are good people, their troubles started when they began to investigate anc corruption and stood on the wrong toes. wait for the outcome of the trial. and dont believe what you read in the anc press.

  • patricia.wood.7140 - 2012-08-25 07:55

    They were just unlucky that they got caught, this behaviour is par for the course for most of the SAPS members these days,bunch of thieves.

      edna.errenrich - 2012-08-25 10:08

      I am a policeman so i therefore am a thief? Yesterday i arrested a woman who was a prostitute so i therefore can asssume u are a prostitute also because you are a woman?

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-25 10:44

      Edna why did you arrest a rpostitute? while thugs were killing people..you are doing the same thing of looking for easy targets so you can scoe points to get a better position.where must she get money for food? poor prostitute.you guys run to arrest people for petty crimes but you run like hell from real crimes.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-25 14:22

      dnxumalo, you not very clever are you? Edna arrested a prostitute because it is illegal and as a cop it is her duty to uphold the law that she swore to protect. Wake up, seriously.

  • zionpercival.pay - 2012-08-25 08:22

    This will take time to sink in. It is beyond comprehension that this is actually happening in this country. One always had the hidden impression that these guys are around to look after the safety of the citizenry.

  • courtney.baird.71 - 2012-08-25 08:25

    what a lot of rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!Rather look at our ANC MP and some members.....now there is self enrichment while the poor suffers....

  • UNITY - 2012-08-25 08:48

    Shoot to kill! Who will know the truth! Beware we all can fall victim to a ruthless system

  • jeanpierre.vandervyver - 2012-08-25 09:18

    In all Reality, to run a nation well and to keep it's citizen safe from criminal and thugs, is to not tolerate Hostile and Violent activity. The situation of the Protestors turning violent all because of wages? Why not find another job to get better wages, but it does not mean you need to harm the life of others. if you really want to change something, vote out all greedy corrupted politicians and leaders, and it shall increase the welfare of its citizens. Cops and the Army are there to protect citizens from crime and invasion (not good at their jobs yet) but if you act hostile you are a threat to the stability of the Situation. Long Live South Africa, make it a better country. Godspeed and love to all.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-08-25 09:40

    This just goes to show you how poor vetting systems are within SAPS. If their intelligence unit (if it still exiists) did it's work they'd have picked some of these allegations against Booysen and any doubt concerning his credibility would have raised red flags towards his appointment. Or, witch hunt ?.

  • martin.havenot - 2012-08-25 16:19

    What a load of crap. As soon as any cops starts to get in the way of the crooked government they get charged. This country is screwed

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