Fork in the road for Durban ‘death squad’ cops
A move to scrap racketeering charges against the group could herald a new direction in the protracted bid to prosecute
A move by NPA boss Shamila Batohi to rescind a racketeering certificate – which bound together members of the so-called Cato Manor death squad as a collective criminal empire – may herald a new direction in the prosecution of the policemen which has stretched over seven years.
The 26 cops were arrested in 2012 on allegations that they had been running a “death squad”, and are expected to appear in the Durban High Court on Wednesday.
They face a raft of charges‚ including theft and murder‚ specifically of suspects during the course of their arrests. They allegedly killed suspects or rivals of taxi operators they were doing business with, and planted weapons to frame crime scenes – collecting incentive awards for good work as reward...