'Hit squad' case delayed again

2015-08-14 13:20
Cato Manor officers appear in court. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Cato Manor officers appear in court. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - Members of the so-called 'Cato Manor Death Squad' made a brief appearance in the High Court in Durban on Friday as their bid to challenge racketeering charges against them continues.

The matter was remanded until October 9 by mutual consent.

State Advocate JJ Mlotshwa said that the postponement was needed "to allow the process to unfold". 

KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen, charged along with the 28 officers, has already successfully had racketeering charges against him set aside.

This is the latest in a string of remands of the case, which has stretched over nearly four years since 28 members of the Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit were arrested.

The squad face a litany of charges including theft and murder, specifically of suspects during arrests.

They allegedly killed these suspects or rivals of taxi operators they were supposedly doing business with and planted weapons to create the impression that the killings were justified.

Read more on:    hawks  |  durban  |  crime

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