KZN Hawks head arrested ahead of court appearance

2016-02-19 10:36
Members of the so-called "Cato Manor Death Squad" in court. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Members of the so-called "Cato Manor Death Squad" in court. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen was arrested on Friday morning ahead of his high court appearance along with 28 members of the so-called "Cato Manor death squad".

In an unexpected 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.

He appeared briefly in court on Friday, and was released on R5 000 bail, on condition that he surrender his passport and agree not to interfere with any witnesses.

Booysen had initially been charged with racketeering, but this was set aside.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the National Prosecuting Authority had made arrangements to secure Booysen’s appearance in court on fresh racketeering charges.

On Friday morning, however, Booysen was detained in a move his attorney Carl van der Merwe described as bizarre.

"We had made arrangements for him to be handed over this morning and then out of the blue they show up and detain him. He is in the cells," he said before the court sitting.

Booysen has won repeated court victories against the State and his employers over this matter, which has stretched over four years. 

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 and then planted weapons to create the impression that the killings were justified.

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