Cato Manor cops spend night behind bars

2012-06-20 15:48

The 20 members of Durban’s Cato Manor organised crime unit arrested this morning for murder will spend the night behind bars.

This after Judge Trevor Gorven indefinitely adjourned an interdict application by the 20, which he had heard in chambers.

Gorven ordered, however, that the policemen, who were allegedly linked to unlawful killings by the unit, must be brought to court for a bail application tomorrow morning.

The officers were arrested as part of a massive swoop by more than 60 detectives, accompanied by members of the National Intervention Unit, on the detectives, who allegedly murdered criminals involved in police killings and taxi assassinations rather than arrest them.

The alleged hit squad was first exposed in December last year by the Sunday Times.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela told a media briefing earlier today that the arrests followed on a Hawks and IPID (Independent Police Investigative Unit) probe ordered by their respective heads – Major General Anwa Dramat and Francois Beukman and a second investigation ordered by then acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

“IPID and the Hawks have been working together to finalise the investigations that led to today’s arrests. The two organisations went ahead with this morning’s operation after securing warrants from the National Prosecuting Authority,’’ Polela said.

The suspects face charges including murder, assault, theft and unlawful possession of guns and ammunition.

Polela said today’s arrests represented the “first phase’’ of the investigation and that further arrests would follow in later phases.

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