Cato Manor case back in court

2015-06-23 07:26


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Johannesburg - The 26 members of the so-called Cato Manor death squad are expected back in the High Court in Durban on Tuesday.

The case against their overall commander, Hawks provincial head Major General Johan Booysen, was previously withdrawn.

The unit members were arrested in June 2012 and charged with racketeering and 14 counts of murder, armed robbery and defeating the ends of justice. They allegedly killed suspects or rivals of taxi operators they were doing business with and planted weapons to create the impression that the killings were justified.

The case, which was investigated by a Hawks team which took over from the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (Ipid) has taken place against a backdrop of allegations that the case was engineered in a bid to take out Booysen.

Booysen has charged politically connected Thoshan Panday and several SAPS procurement officials of defrauding the force of R10m during the 2010 World Cup and subsequently of trying to buy him off with a R1.3m bribe.

Booysen went to court to challenge the charges against him and won, sparking the prosecution of then Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba.

In February last year, provincial High Court Judge Trevor Gorven set aside the charges, saying they did not even meet minimum standards.

Jiba goes on trial in August for alleged fraud and perjury in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria.

She will have to answer to allegations that stem from her failed bid to lay racketeering charges against Booysen.

Read more on:    police  |  ipid  |  hawks  |  johan booysen  |  durban  |  crime

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