Another KZN hit squad investigated

2012-09-30 13:23

Durban - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating rumours that a second police hit squad may be operating in KwaZulu-Natal, the Sunday Times reported.

Three members of the Port Shepstone Organised Crime Unit had already been arrested and charged.

Warrant Officer Basil Crouse, a senior officer from the unit, handed himself in on Friday in Hibberdene, 100km south of Durban.

He was charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm, and released on bail of R5 000.

His brother, Captain Nico Crouse, and Warrant Officer Earnest Nkabane - both members of the unit - were arrested in August along with members of the Cato Manor unit, on charges of murder and racketeering.

They were likewise released on bail.

The IPID was re-opening its murder dockets and files dating back five years into cases involving the unit, the paper reported.

"We are also appealing for anyone with information on any cases to come forward," IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini told the newspaper.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-09-30 13:49

    We could do with more of them. The criminals do as they wish in this country. - 2012-09-30 14:12

      What I'm going to say is very undemocratic, BUT in a society where criminals have become so brutal, arrogant and powerful we perhaps need hit squads to take out the trash.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-09-30 15:14

      I agree with you guys but how do we know for certain that they are taking out the "BAD GUYS" ? That is where it becomes scary especially when you consider how corrupt and trigger happy the current SAPS is.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-30 15:36

      @goyyougud.You sound like a guy who looks in the mirror and crtisizes the face that he sees.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-09-30 18:13

      Nope fort I sound like a guy who is incredibly handsome and yet thinks that the justice system in SA suits the criminals and not the public. If the pathetic police can't do anything, then so be it. I won't shed a tear if there are less scum suckers breathing because of these guys. Yep, it's pretty hardcore but then so is crime in SA. It's more than rampant and it's also extremely violent with criminals who care nothing about harming another.

      customdesign - 2012-10-01 08:57

      These guys are criminals. They other hit squad killed innocent people- there is nothing good about kangaroo justice.

      John - 2012-10-17 22:11

      You are no different to the criminals that you hate. Innocent people get attacked by your thug brigade too. You disgust me!

      John - 2012-10-17 22:17

      These stupid bastard thugs of yours do not have the intelligence to be judge jury and executioner. That is why the rubbish are supposed to get an accused to court. This is their ONLY mandate. When you support criminality YOU are a CRIMINAL!!

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-30 14:23

    Pity they don't investigate criminals with the same intensity.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-30 14:47

      Oops,how did i miss that 1,they have a piece of metal on their chest,how on earth can they be criminals.Only poverty stricken blacks in poverty stricken existence r criminals!The 'missing links' must be in South Africa!

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-09-30 14:31

    the IPID must also invistigate whether those individuals did not participate in the marikana tradegy. We are sick of these thugs in uniform.

      Jaap - 2012-09-30 16:32

      Leonard, I agree with you, I think we must give more credit to our men in police uniform. The best box of apples might have a bed one but not all will be bad. There are good an loyal policemen out there and thank God for them!

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-30 14:37

    I tell u what?how about i become a POLICEMAN and rob,steal,violate,abuse,exploit and kill under the pretext of the law,but hey ,im a policeman,im doing it for the welfare of society at large.Place your trust in me!

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-09-30 14:37

    Charges of murder, attempted murder, racketeering and possession of an unlicensed firearm then released on R5000 bail. Only in SA.

  • cya.khubone - 2012-09-30 18:41

    Ay ay ay our SAPS is up side down inside out, the investigators in IPID should be the ones who does detective and investigative work in crimes committed by ordinary peeople because maybe just maybe we wouldn't have one of the highest crimes stats in the world.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-01 06:34

    So many hit squads, and Zuma and Shaik still alive? They were not very effective. The biggest criminals are still alive.

  • canna.discussions - 2012-10-01 09:32

    The problem is they not taking out bad guys...they taking out bad guys competition. Innocent people suffer because of these hit squads as it all boils down to which drug lord can pay the most and provide the most setups for user arrests.

  • John - 2012-10-17 22:22

    The SAP SERVICE is just that!! A SERVANT of the people with only a mandate to PROTECT the people! They are only to bring an accused before a COURT, where EVIDENCE is presented. These disgusting thugs need to be prosecuted!!

  • peter.fouche1 - 2012-10-29 23:04

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty?. You seem to forget that the type criminal that these guys deal with are the ones that attack and rob you in the sanctity of your homes and rape and murder your wives mothers & sisters, the type that rob banks, businesses,supermarkets,and shopping malls,and blow up ATM"s,attack our farmers. What would the situation be like in the banks,shopping malls if the armed robbers were not brought to book and were left carry on with their deadly shopping sprees?. These are the most violent individuals whose greed supercedes their value of life.To all of you passing the negative comments about these guys you probably have not been personaly affected by a crime of this nature,so close to home. We are not talking about petty thieves,or ordinary burglars. It takes a special type of person with special skills to do a job like this. Also bear in mind that all the searches of these guys homes and seizure of property has already been ruled unlawful,so what does that say about the integrity of the rest of the investigation?.One of these days if someone close to you is raped or murderd you will wish you had one of these guys on your case.I have been in the SAPS for 39yrs so I have personal knowledge of what I am talking about.So I think they should be given the benifit of the doubt until they are found guilty. What would you say if they were found not guilty? Pietskiet.

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