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    Predefinito Facebook funding for 'hit squad'

    NIVASHNI NAIR | 12 marzo, 2012 00:13



    Members of the Cato Manor organised crime unit celebrate just hours after allegedly killing five robbery suspects on the N3 highway near Camperdown on January 21 2009

    Facebook users, many claiming to be victims of crimes solved by Durban's disbanded Organised Crime Unit, have donated thousands of rands towards the alleged hit squad's legal fees.

    But the group has been slammed for being "insensitive" to the families of those allegedly killed by the unit.

    The group - Durban Organised Crime Unit KZN - was created by Penny Katz two weeks ago.

    Katz yesterday said that a trust to raise funds for th e police officers' legal battle against their suspensions has been launched and R37800 has been donated so far.

    "It is indeed heart-warming to see that people have donated money to support police officers that some may have not even met. I know that the money will make a difference," Katz said.

    Katz said she started the Facebook group because she wanted to "show the unit that I am forever grateful to them".

    "A family member was a victim of crime. It was only after the Cato Manor unit took over the matter that the perpetrator was brought to book. I felt that I had to do something to show them my support."

    The Sunday Times reported in December how the controversial Cato Manor's serious and violent crimes unit, under the command of suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Major-General Johan Booysen, operated as an alleged hit squad, with witnesses claiming they "executed" suspects and then held booze-fuelled parties.

    A picture published by the newspaper shows members of the unit celebrating after allegedly killing a suspect, with the victim's wife next to them while they celebrate.

    At least about 51 suspicious killings have been linked to the so-called Cato Manor "hit squad". The unit has since been suspended.

    Senior police officers yesterday raised concerns about the financial support the Cator Manor officers were getting from the Facebook group.

    Those who spoke to The Times said this might send a wrong message to the community.

    One officer said the donations were becoming a "hot potato" for police leadership.

    "These donations might send a message that as long as police kill criminals they will be supported, and in this case it's even worse because most of the victims are black while those alleged to have killed them are white.

    "The donations might be viewed in other sections of our community as insensitive," the officer said.

    Since the Sunday Times exposed the unit's alleged crimes, communities have asked for government intervention.

    Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and political parties have demanded answers about the police unit.

    The Independent Complaints Directorate, which was expected to have investigated the killings, has been slammed. This led to its head of investigations in KwaZulu-Natal being suspended last month.

    According to Facebook statistics, the group is mentioned on the social networking site at least 500 times a day. The supporters are aged between 35 and 44 and mostly live in Durban.

    Katz said the group's wall spoke for itself.

    "People out there support these officers despite what has been said because most of the people in the group have been victims or know victims of crimes that were solved by the unit.

    "Yes, there are people who hate them and are outraged but I think there are more people that support them."

    Booysen and 10 officers were served with notices informing them of possible suspensions.

    Booysen won an interdict preventing the Hawks from carrying out his suspension while the 10 officers, through lawyer Carl van der Merwe, have written to the state demanding to know the reasons for the proposed suspensions.

    Katz said the disbanded unit was aware of the group.

    "They all know about the group and are aware that we are raising funds. The money is going straight into their lawyer's account. It is going to no one else. The police officers have informed me that when they have bad days, they are inspired by the support of the group," she said.

    One of the 10 officers said he was surprised by the support.

    Facebook funding for 'hit squad' - Times LIVE
    Fra tutti il ministero dell'amore era quello che incuteva un autentico terrore... [...]

    1984 George Orwell
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    Hawks head Booysen warned of suspension



    February 15 2012 at 12:44pm
    By Yogas Nair

    The head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Major-General Johan Booysen, could be suspended for allegedly failing to take action against members of the Durban organised crime unit – Cato Manor, who have been accused of operating as a “hit squad”.

    Members of the unit were told on Tuesday that it would be shut down.

    Hawks head, Anwa Dramat, authorised Booysen’s “notice of intended suspension” letter.

    In a separate development, crime intelligence boss, Major-General Dina Moodley, was told that he may be suspended.

    On Tuesday, Booysen and Moodley confirmed they had been issued with notices of intention to suspend them.

    Both have instructed their attorney, Carl van der Merwe, to respond to the notice within the next few days.

    Booysen was handed his letter on Sunday, while Moodley was served with his notice last Thursday, from the officer of acting national divisional commissioner of crime intelligence, Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola.

    Sources said Moodley came under fire after he was accused of issuing an unlawful instruction to two officers relating to a national security issue.

    This comes after more than two months of investigations by the Hawks and the Independent Complaints Directorate.

    Commenting on Booysen’s possible suspension, Hawks spokesman, McIntosh Polela, said it was an internal matter and processes were taking place.

    He confirmed the “immediate” closure of the Cato Manor offices of the Durban organised crime unit and said a decision had already been taken that the premises would be used by the Cato Manor police station next door.

    The sources claimed the suspension of both top cops was linked directly to the investigation into the R60 million police tender scam, which implicates uMhlanga businessman, Thoshan Panday and Colonel Navin Madhoe.

    The sources said that while Booysen was involved in the investigation of this matter, Moodley had gathered information through crime intelligence, implicating Panday and Madhoe.

    In early 2010, Booysen started the investigation into the tender scam. Late last year, he was hailed a hero when he rejected a R2m bribe, allegedly offered by Madhoe, who was head of the SAPS supply chain management, to quash the tender scam investigation.

    Six months later, KZN’s top cop had gone from hero to villain, sources said.

    Also at the centre of the allegations is a DVD that allegedly exposed the systematic police killings of suspects in custody or deaths as a result of police action.

    The DVD was made public last year.

    In December last year, Dramat ordered the immediate transfer of four members of the unit – Warrant Officers Mossie Mostert and Shane Naidoo, Sergeant Raymond Lee and Captain Anton Lockem – pending an investigation into the allegations.

    They were transferred to the Durban organised crime narcotics unit.

    Three other policemen have been implicated, two of whom – Captain Eugene van Tonder and an officer known as Sergeant Gamede – have resigned. The third, Warrant Officer Rakesh Maharaj, was killed during a police raid in September last year.

    On Tuesday the already embattled unit, which has about 25 members and is headed by Colonel Willie Olivier, were dealt another blow. They relieved an e-mail from Dramat’s office informing them the Cato Manor offices would be shutting doors, almost a month after being told the unit would not be allowed to investigate any serious cases until the investigation into the DVD had been completed.

    The letter stated that three high-ranking KZN officers would be appointed to facilitate the closure of the offices.

    It further read that |this move was an attempt to |enhance the operational |efficiency, command and |control of the entire Durban |organised crime unit.

    The task team, consisting of three men, has a week to submit a report to Dramat’s office about how the members could be accommodated in terms of infrastructure and office space.

    The organised crime unit moved to the Cato Manor premises in January 2007, with a mandate to investigate serious and violent crimes such as police murders, cash-in-transit heists and bank robberies.

    At the time one of the main reasons for the move was the inadequate office space at the central Durban offices.

    Soon after the announcement was made, the mood among members was sombre and one of disappointment.

    The sources said the members felt as if they had been convicted and sentenced even before the trial could start.

    Concern has been expressed about the capacity of the Durban offices to accommodate the members, administrative staff and cleaners.

    “This unit is responsible for investigating serious crimes. It is concerning that hardened criminals will be taken into buildings that do not have adequate security in place.

    “The Victoria Embankment offices do not even have sufficient parking. Parading suspects in such open places could also compromise investigations and court cases,” the sources said.

    The sources added that members found it strange that operational efficiency, command and control of the unit had come into question.

    “For the past five years regular national and provincial inspections have been conducted and the members have been commended for their good work.

    “They were presented with trophies and their work was acknowledged by the provincial commissioner. For 2010/2011, the unit secured 27 life sentences. This move to close down a successful unit, is the first of its kind for the SAPS.”

    http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/...sion-1.1234926
    Fra tutti il ministero dell'amore era quello che incuteva un autentico terrore... [...]

    1984 George Orwell
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYkuiRtO7M

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    Bid for parly to control the Hawks

    Parliament could exercise greater power over the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, known as the Hawks and the National Police Commissioner will have less. That's if the South African Police Service Amendment Bill becomes law. It was presented to the Police Portfolio Committee today.

    Fra tutti il ministero dell'amore era quello che incuteva un autentico terrore... [...]

    1984 George Orwell
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYkuiRtO7M

 

 

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