Hawks arrest 15 Cato Manor cops

2012-06-20 13:53

Durban - Fifteen members of the now disbanded Durban Organised Crime Unit have been arrested, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson McIntosh Polela said the arrests were part of a joint operation by the Hawks and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Three members were arrested in Gauteng - two in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, and one on the West Rand. The rest were arrested in various locations around Durban.

Polela said a total of 20 members of the unit would be arrested.

He said the unit's commanding officer Major General Johan Booysen, who was also the KwaZulu-Natal boss of the Hawks, was not one of the 20.

Those arrested were taken to the SA Police Service air wing at the old Durban International Airport.

None of them resisted arrest, Polela said.

Alleged death squad

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed the operation.

The 20 face charges ranging from murder and the unlawful possession of ammunition to theft and assault.

The unit was shut down in February amid allegations that an alleged death squad operated in the Cato Manor crime unit.

Most of its members have since been incorporated into the Hawks.

Booysen was issued with a notice of suspension in March, but it was later set aside.

He faced allegations of negligence or failing to act in connection with the alleged death squad.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-20 13:59

    If these cops are guilty they must get a long sentence.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-06-20 14:16

      Im all for these kind of police officers, they are just as tough and ruthless as the criminals that rape, steal and murder. Our current SAP basically go to gun fights with knives, BUT the Cato bunch have shown that you need to fight just as hard and thats the way you get results.

      collin.chivell - 2012-06-20 14:30

      weren't they potting off high profile criminals etc. What's wrong with that?

      hayden.cajee - 2012-06-20 14:39

      Thats my point Collin, This specific breed of criminals dont wait for their rights to be read, they shoot first. If my kid is raped by one of these pricks, then i dont expect them to be treated like humans, because they are inhumane!!

      Rob - 2012-06-20 14:47

      Cops are g@tvoel of criminals too. Arrested !!!! They should be given medals and free Bells until retirement.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-06-20 15:35

      John im black, but you still a D&*k

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-20 15:43

      They should be stoned to death !!!!

      Paulnicomp - 2012-06-20 17:16

      This has nothing to do with the supposed death squad but everything to do with arresting politically connected individuals for bribery and corruption. I know several of these cops and yes they have killed many people but as far as I know they were mostly acting in self defense. I was present when one of the people who I think has been arrested described how he shot 3 ATM bombers who as he put it took them on with 9mm pistols and R5's.

      Mina - 2012-06-21 05:23

      This was long overdue, finally many families can breath

  • farmfreund - 2012-06-20 13:59

    we need police like them, the keep the streets clean

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-20 15:50

      Yes you right to keep the streets clean of the cops !!!! they are now arrresting the cops and the criminal walk around in freedom selled their weet and their tik and rocks with no harasments from the cops becos the HAWKS is hunting down the cops.Hahahah thats a good one and now the Gods must really be crazy sorry I mean befock

      Mina - 2012-06-21 05:25

      Good job done by the HAWKS, this was long overdue. These dirty cops have been killing people to cover their mischief doings but now the law is taking its course. Many will be happy after they've sentenced.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-20 14:00

    This is such a farce it is embarrassing... These men are innocent, setup by the very syndicates they have crushed, syndicates that have infiltrated the police force.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-20 14:53


      Mina - 2012-06-21 05:30

      Good job done by HAWKS, this was way overdue. They're where they belong. They've been killing people who were about to expose them of their mischievous ways. The role of a police officer is to arrest and bring any criminal into justice not to kill them. They were so stupid because they've been killing people in a very same style and they always claimed that they were under attack.Fortunately we have witness some of the killing and I am one of those who are willing to testify and make sure they rot in jail. Good job HAWKS

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-20 14:00

    How does the SAPS interview and recruitment process work? Why are there murderes and viscious criminals being employed by the SAPS?

      John - 2012-06-20 15:04

      It's really easy to understand! We have police bullies and police SERVANTS!\r\nWhich do you think are in the majority?\r\nThese bullies are a GANG of sheep in wolf's clothing.\r\nCowards is all they are. Useless stupid ignorant and arrogant!\r\nThe few SERVANTS are intelligent well mannered and really know the constitution and criminal procedures ACT 51 of 1977 and can apply it!\r\nUnfortunately they are the minority in the SAPS GANG!

      Mina - 2012-06-21 05:35

      They were good when they joined the force but money changes people. They were the ones who were giving tips on who to rob and they all shared the spoils but when the investigation became tense and they knew that the same people whom they were working with were about to expose them, they started to kill them one by one just to cover their tracks. They killed three in Durban on the same day in the same house and later they killed one in JHB. Fortunately we knew them and they shared some information with us, that's why they never got arrested when they committed their crimes because they had police backup, the same police who killed they. Sadly All in all, they should rot in jail

  • Michele - 2012-06-20 14:02

    What about the fact that the guys who fingered Booysen were also under investigation by Booysen for corruption and defeating the ends of justice. The allegations that were initially made against Booysen were proven to be malicious and false. Incidentally the guys who were being investigated by Booysen had close ties to JZ himself. This was all broken by the citizen weeks ago. This stinks of bullying and intimidation.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-20 14:18

      100% - it was already discovered that the pictures of these policemen apparently "celebrating a killing" were doctored by an IT specialist paid by one of the syndicate bosses... He has confessed.

      Mina - 2012-06-21 05:41

      Unfortunately your statement is so not profound. If maybe you had an opportunity to talk to one of their victim's family members who witnessed the killings you will change your mind. Fortunately grew up in Ntuzuma/KwaMashu/Inanda and most of the people they have killed I grew up with and knew them very well. If you can be given an opportunity to be told what exactly happened in these series of killings, I am pretty 100% sure that your mindset will be changed for good. If you can learn what transpired before the killings took place, you will be shocked Michele.

  • mali.sela1 - 2012-06-20 14:12

    The police are the biggest most dengerous gang in South Africa, and we pay for their bullets. The acts of violence I alone have witnessed good South African's endure at the hands of these people, are terrifying.

  • Isaac Nhlahla - 2012-06-20 14:19

    no one is above the law except law itself

  • ntunjab - 2012-06-20 14:33

    A very good job to the Hawks, those were the hitmen!

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-20 14:54

    welcome to south africa where brute force against hijackers and hardened criminals gets the protection of the state by arresting the cops who prevented further criminal activity by these SOB's. they have saved the taxpayer thousands of rands in court cases and maintenance in prison of these SOB's. the criminal has more rights than the victim, what a shame.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-06-20 14:55

    The Blue Lights Task team were shutdown yesterday just before the big raid planned next week that involve top cop brasses. Now the most effective unit in KZN with 100% arrest rate the Cato Manor is being targeted. I can't help but to wonder what is happening to our SAPS? It seems this is a continuation of those who are power drunk and paranoid to try and corrupt the police for their own selfish agendas!

      Onke.Dali - 2012-06-20 20:20

      So you're saying it's okay for cops to murder suspects as they please? You obviously don't understand how bad this scenario can get if allowed to happen.

      Manqoba - 2012-06-21 13:57

      Phumi please stop thinking like a white man. I understand it if whites dont see anything wrong when police kill black SUSPECTS. Its nothing new to them. However, they would be singing a different tune if these SUSPECTS being killed were white, trust me on that. Are you certain that all these murdered suspects were guilty?

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-06-20 14:59

    Paycheque killers!! blood is on your shoulders.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-20 15:14

    I suspect there's a lot more to this than meets the eye. Remember our SAPS is full of corruption and strange alliances with underworld figures. It leaves me wondering who the 'bad guys' are in this story.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-06-20 15:15

    wtf arrest real cops so the corrupt can stay south africa is a failed state thanks anc and zoo ma you guys are dumb@sses

  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-20 15:31

    The problem is that they let people in the force on the basis of budy budy ANC schemes and incompetence plus luck of proper training. This ones are not the first ones or the last.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-20 15:48

    We need another unit to watch and arrest the HAWKS too !!!!!Let establish a unit called (The Eagels has landed)

  • khethani.nkabinde1 - 2012-06-20 15:53

    Round them all, then go for director Booysons. Get a 204 witness out of them then go for General Bheki Cele for the murder of Sup. Chonco and his boys. Read the rest...

  • khethani.nkabinde1 - 2012-06-20 15:53

    Round them all, then go for director Booysons. Get a 204 witness out of them then go for General Bheki Cele for the murder of Sup. Chonco and his boys. Read the rest...

  • busicor.nel - 2012-06-20 16:23

    At least they killed real criminals. not like what we read in news 24 where the community suspect and stone alleged criminals. Who better to sentence these criminals that the people who know they are guilty and can’t be punished in our clearly lacking criminal system. Sorry they will have the Hawks investigating them but no real solution for our normal citizens’. Right now in Gauteng the task team to investigate the blue light brigade has be told to disband, as they were on the brink to arrest high level SAPS members for real crimes.

  • Jay - 2012-06-20 16:35

    why are we arresting crime fighters! go to hillbrow a blind man can point out criminals

  • Mina - 2012-06-21 05:18

    This is long overdue. These cops belong behind bars for the rest of their lives. They've abused power, damaged police name and they're insensitive. Unfortunately they never killed a white person but they go into African people's home and kill them in front of their family members, what for ? The role of a police is to arrest a criminal and bring them before justice not to kill them. Unfortunately most people who are commenting here they've never experienced the effect of these criminals/murders who are using police name to hide their mischief ways. I am glad that they are arrested and they should rot in jail. They've killed so many unarmed people and they claim they were under attack that they had to defend themselves. Fortunately there are so many witnesses/family members who witnessed these killings. Well done Hawks and IPID To their BOSS, your days are numbered. We know many of people who got killed just to cover some tracks of police misconducts. No one is above the law, on one.

  • neville.lollan.75 - 2012-06-21 08:19

    What we have here is a typical case of like father like son. If the father (ANC) can get away with rape, murder, fraud and corruption than I (SAPS) can also get away with thee crimes which brings us to he old addage the apple doesn't fall far from the tree South Africa accept it we are living in a lawless society and government what we need is for the government to stop these crimes at the top within its ranks then enforce it on the police force and military because right now nobody is listening to what our puppet ANC government has to say You have brutalised a once sunny South Africa into oblivion because of your greed and narrow minded politics which is purely based on "we want wwhat you once had at all cost for the black man only"

      Manqoba - 2012-06-21 13:44

      The ANC this the Government that...please people just stop it.if you think the old S.A was so "sunny", just do yourself a favour and KILL YOURSELF, or relocate to Australia. thats if they'll accept you. im tired of people who jump at every chance they get to criticied the Government. you are behaving like an opportunist desease.Im tired of people who are black only when it suits them. Do you know of any rapist, murderer or fraudster within the Government. Why is it so difficult for you to understand that these policemen are suspected of crimes and they have been charged and the State is yet to prove its case, and lv it at that.

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