Cato Manor cops get property back

2012-10-17 21:44

Durban - Items seized during searches of the homes of former members of the now-disbanded Durban Organised Crime unit will be returned.

Carl van der Merwe, the lawyer representing the men, told Sapa he had received a letter advising him that everything seized would have to be returned to them.

The 24, including the head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Johan Booysens, are accused of more than 70 crimes, including the murder of 28 people. They are all out on bail.

They were arrested during August and June. Many of them had their homes searched and numerous items were seized.

The raids were carried out in a joint operation with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (formerly the Independent Complaints Directorate).

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said the NPA "has decided that the accused can possess items that they are lawfully allowed to possess". These included computers and memory sticks.

All the officers were served with suspension notices at the end of August, pending disciplinary procedures.

Van der Merwe said none of the men had so far been informed of any disciplinary proceedings.

He said under the police's own rules disciplinary procedures had to be put into effect within 60 days of the suspension notices being issued.

The criminal charges relate to the deaths of suspects, and that the unit operated as an enterprise under Booysens' command.

It is further alleged that the policemen obtained financial benefits from associations and businesses, and individuals in conflict with the people they allegedly killed.

They would appear in the Durban Regional Court again on 29 October.

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-18 07:17

    Great New's so they found no evidence on these trumped up charges N.P.A wasting our money again.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 07:42

      Yes, surely if there was proof of any kind these items would not have been returned, it would be evidence?

      steveroodt - 2012-10-18 10:20

      Not Relevant to this article but that guy who got hijacked:BREAKING NEWS: - There is a warrant of arrest out for Mr. LEON VAN RENSBERG. He is on the run and threatening suicide. His Toyota Tazz has been recovered at the ICC Centre in Durban. Anybody with information to please contact me on 0832502007 or Heinrich on 0836097834.

  • hector.barbossa.52 - 2012-10-18 07:42

    Good news... Now drop the charges and stop wasting my money on this...

  • kingkongVB - 2012-10-18 07:50

    the were quick to jump on the "death squad" tag now they changing there tunne and calling them as cato manor cops and "now-disbanded Durban Organised Crime unit". The wheels are turning.

      Werewabbit - 2012-10-18 09:15

      But that is a function of reporting, not policing. I know some of the guys involved, and i agree with some comments above: these guys are hugely passionate about fighting crime, and their impact on the area is for everyone to see in terms of crime spiking as soon as all of this started. The accused do seem very confident that there is not enough evidence to keep this case going, but no doubt it will be dragged out longer

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-18 10:22

    Copied off D.O.C

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-18 12:56

    The Sheepdogs of South Africa. Not liked by the wolves, criminals (generally the ANC and their supporters) and sheep. DOCU - The only remaining protectors of law abiding citizens.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-18 12:58

      Cato Ridge OCU I mean.

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