‘Killer cops’ probe goes on

2012-02-02 00:00

INVESTIGATIONS into an alleged police execution squad operating in Cato Manor are not yet over.

The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) confirmed this yesterday, contrary to recent media reports that investigations were already completed.

The ICD started its investigation in December, prompted by reports that an execution squad operating within the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit (COMCU), had killed crime suspects.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said there would be a press conference once the probe was over.

“An impression was given that the ICD is conducting a joint investigation with the Hawks and that such investigation has been completed,” he said.

“The ICD’s investigations are totally independent from any investigations conducted by the Hawks — there is accordingly no joint investigation.”

Dlamini went on to say that the ICD’s investigations were criminal in nature.

Should any evidence of wrongdoing be found on the part of any member of the police, it would be recommended to the relevant Director of Prosecutions that they be prosecuted in court, he said.

According to reports, members from the unit were allegedly involved in several assassinations, some in retaliation for police killings and ongoing taxi violence in KwaZulu-Natal.

Six members of the unit have already been deployed to other police units, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Hawks investigation into the same matter is headed by Major-General Jan Mabula, head of the unit’s counterpart in North West.

According to weekend newspapers, its preliminary report has been submitted to the acting national Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Dlamini reportedly said the ICD had already found 45 cases that required attention and more cases might need review.

However, he did not indicate when the investigation would be completed, saying the investigation process would guide the ICD.

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