Booysen and 'death squad' to appear in court

2016-02-19 08:47
Johan Booysen (Foto24)

Johan Booysen (Foto24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.