Cato Manor cops case postponed

2015-02-11 15:09
Supporters of the Cato Manor cops protest outside the Durban Regional Court. (Sapa)

Supporters of the Cato Manor cops protest outside the Durban Regional Court. (Sapa)

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Durban - The matter against 27 detectives from the now disbanded Durban Organised Crime Unit was postponed in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Wednesday.

Judge Nomphumulelo Radebe adjourned the matter in a packed court room to 30 March to allow the detectives' lawyers time to analyse documents that had been supplied to them on Tuesday.
There was a heavy police presence outside court.

The accused face 116 charges, ranging from 28 murders to racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.

The group allegedly carried out paid hits in the KwaZulu-Natal taxi wars between 2008 and 2011.

They were arrested more than two years ago. Two of the accused detectives have since died.

Another two accused had resigned from the police for jobs in the private sector at the time of the arrests.

Their boss, Major General Johan Booysen, was in court to support his former colleagues. He was cleared of racketeering charges in a high court hearing last year.

He was then cleared in an internal disciplinary hearing by Advocate Nazeer Cassim, SC, who said in his report that: "The facts demonstrate an agenda to get rid of Booysen because he was perceived (rightly so I may add) as a determined, professional, competent and tenacious policeman who would arduously strive to bring wrongdoers to book."

At the previous hearing of the 27 detectives Prosecutor Sello Maema, one of six advocates flown in from Pretoria for the brief hearing, told Judge Kate Pillay that the particulars the defence wanted involved between 7 000 and 8 000 pages.

It is these documents that the defence will have to analyse by 30 March.

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