Cato Manor cops get bail

2012-06-22 14:35

Eighteen police officers arrested in connection with alleged hit squad activities in the Durban Organised Crime Unit at Cato Manor have been granted bail.

The Durban Regional Court released the men on R5 000 bail each, and ordered them to report each Friday to their nearest police station.

Magistrate Sharon Marks also ordered them not to contact any witnesses.

Charges against two other officers were withdrawn yesterday.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has said the arrests will not affect police work.

“We are not running short of any members in any divisions in the country. The SA Police service is not a regional service, it is a South African service,” Mthethwa said today.

He was speaking during a visit by Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, who met MECs for Safety to discuss and review the progress on crime.

“I don’t think it will affect the morale of our members but we cannot claim they are unaffected,” Mthethwa said.

“Even if you know someone who has been alleged to have committed a crime, you keep your focus on the work.”

Phiyega said the department would ensure it created an enabling environment for police.

“We will do our best to keep them focused and energised,” she said.

Phiyega said she was committed to the men and women in blue who had welcomed her into the department.

“There are many challenges but we are committed to the job; together we can make a difference,” she said.

Critics who said Phiyega could not do the job because she had no police experience spoke too soon, Mthethwa said.

“I’m sure she’ll deliver on her mandate,” he said.

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