Booysen and 'death squad' to appear in court

2016-02-19 08:47
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Durban - Embattled KZN Hawks head Johan Booysen and 28 members of the so-called “Cato Manor death squad” are to appear in Durban High Court on Friday.

This is the latest instalment in the protracted trial of the squad which has dragged on for over four years.

Booysen had been initially charged with racketeering but had the decision to charge him set aside.

In a shock move this week, the National Prosecuting Authority recharged him and several other members of the squad with racketeering under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

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

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

Booysen has won repeated victories against the criminal action and departmental proceedings against him.

He insists that he, with the members of the unit as collateral damage, have been targeted because of his investigation into a politically connected few. 

Read more on:    npa  |  hawks  |  johan booysen  |  durban
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