Cato Manor cops face 100+ charges

2012-08-24 12:32

Durban - Thirty police officers from the Durban Organised Crime Unit appeared in the Durban Regional Court on Friday.

The case against the officers, including the head of the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Johan Booysen, was postponed to October 29 to allow the prosecution time to provide the men's legal team with documentation of their case.

The men face more than 100 charges, including 14 of murder, 14 of unlawful possession of ammunition, 14 of unlawful possession of firearms, and four of housebreaking.

Early on Friday morning, family and friends of the officers were gathered outside the court building and the court room was packed to capacity with people being refused entry by security staff.

The Mercury newspaper reported on Friday that two police officers attached to the National Intervention Unit have briefed a lawyer to sue the State following their arrest along with officers of the Durban Organised Crime Unit.

The two men - Dumisani Nzama and Vusi Ngondwana - were arrested in June along with 18 members of the now disbanded Cato Manor branch of the unit.

Their names appeared on the indictment sheet at the first court appearance earlier this year, but Nzama and Ngondwana did not appear with the other members.

Shortly after that, the media was told that charges against them had been withdrawn.

The Mercury reported that attorney Malcolm Lutge had confirmed that he was representing the two men in a civil claim to be launched against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The men are all out on R5 000 bail.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Moses Dlamini said Wednesday's arrests completed the IPID's investigations into the Cato Manor unit.

  • mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-24 12:44

    JULIUS MALEMA for president.I want to fight one of the trolls that keeps on commenting bad things about me.Tell me the place and time i'll be there.I'm in a mood of PUNCHING someone.VIVA juju viiiiiiiivaaaaaaaaa!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-24 12:47

      Oh please... It's Friday, payday for me. I wouldn't touch you with a cattle prod.. Sies.

      trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-08-24 12:50

      LMFAO...I agree, HITLER for President and Tokyo Goebbels as Deputy President...

      johan.monnig - 2012-08-24 12:52

      I'd like to see chuck norris in office..but I don't think he knows much about politics either

      fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-08-24 13:03

      shouldn't it read mampara.mokopane?

      Aads - 2012-08-24 13:16

      It’s because of people like you, who cannot think further than their own noses that SA is in the state it is today….. a complete mess, go get educated then maybe…. Just maybe people will take you seriously

      neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-24 13:46

      You will also run like the UDF and MK did in Sebokeng....and Bopehlong....and Evaton....and Orange Farm....and Zonkisizwe. Come to think of it, you guys tend to run a lot - in the fight or flight scenario you seem to choose the first mentioned almost exclusively. Just don't run yourself out of your sandals like the mooks did in Zone 7 Sebokeng. That must have been pretty embarrasing trying to explain to their mates they ran themselves out of their shoes from a single police vehicle manned by a man and a woman.

      duane.low - 2012-08-25 03:59

      mampara moko panein deass...... people have big ego's when hiding behind the comp safe at home.... shame if that is how you inflate your ego, go for it my boy, you dont scare anyone. your inciteful banter is what makes many regret voting "yes" in '92 and giving you a vote/voice. nothing nice to say dont say anything.

  • paul.mahlangu.94 - 2012-08-24 13:01

    What exactly are these people with posters doing?Are they saying it is correct to kill people or what?

      fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-08-24 13:05

      If they actually did kill people it is not correct, but if they did not kill people then it's OK.

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-08-24 13:05

      Ask pale people they should have an answer for you, talking about double standard.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-24 13:39

      They tried to combat crime in the right way by fighting fire with fire. Not by standing on their knees grovelling! The street vendors in Pretoria are looting and smashing car windows because they are "cross." The police are too afraid to confront them because they will be branded as criminals after what happened in Marikana. This government does not have the will or the guts to combat crime. I sa, shoot the baddies threatening our lives and properties!

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-24 13:47

      They may be family. I'm dying to hear what's really going on here!I don't think a lot op people knows. Like I said yesterday in another post, This has all the right ingredients for a Hollywood movie. Watch this space

      mattewis.kat - 2012-08-24 14:16

      No Paul, they don't say that! They actually know more about this case than the mainstream media would want us believe. We don't have much in the line of investigative journalists in SA who would go out on a limb to find truth, so these cops are on their own! To this day nobody can find wrongdoing in the work of the Scorpions (to the contrary rather!), but they were "unconstitutionally" replaced with the Hawks! @Fanie: "If it isn't going to: rain, be cloudy, be night-time, the sun will shine". Sure bru, I'm sure we all agree with you!

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-24 13:17

    Send these cops to the Western Cape Republic. We will put them in charge to patrol our borders.

  • zebedee.kok - 2012-08-24 13:26

    pitty they never killed more of those low life , thieving scum!!!!!

      fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-08-24 13:43

      No Zebedee you cannot correct a wrong with another wrong (if they really did what they are accused for). I really hope that they did not do it.

      zebedee.kok - 2012-08-24 18:40

      its not correcting one wrong with another, its preventing more wrongs on innocent people

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-24 13:48

    And this all came about from a single DVD provided by an unsavoury character that could at best be described as a friend of Shaik? Can everyone say "Political Meddling"?

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-24 18:24

    This is a waste of taxpayers' money: this is a political prosecution, and like the so-called Malan trial, will end in failure. Inspired by Jacob Zuma and his thugs. The biggest tactical error? Do not prosecute En Masse. Focus on the cases that have merit.

      janny.leduka - 2012-08-25 12:29

      This is not a waste of tax payers money, the families of the victims are also waiting for justice to be served on them. These police killed children as well, can you really believe a sleeping child is an escappee from prison without identifying it. These cops broke into people's houses did things that criminals do, I think the victims must start speaking up, so that we don't get one side of the story.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-24 18:31

    Furthermore, these morns that are in charge of prosecution, are going to be paying huge wads of cash - at our expense - in damages for malicious prosecution. Let's focus on the real criminals, including ANC/COSATU Taxi bosses, who do not pay taxes, and do not allow their slave drivers to join unions...

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