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'Hit squad' cops get bail

All 18 Cato Manor members were granted bail in the Durban Regional Court.

Some of the members of the Cato Manor Organised Crime United. Picture: Faceboo

DURBAN - All 18 hit squad members were granted bail in the Durban Regional Court on Friday.

On Wednesday, 20 officers from the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit were arrested in a Hawks raid.

The controversial unit was shut down in 2011 after allegations of murder and intimidation emerged in the Sunday Times newspaper.

The squad was lead by Major General Johan Booysen.

An investigation into the unit was launched by three separate bodies including the Hawks, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the South African Police Service.

The 18 officers were released on R5,000 bail each and ordered to report to their closest police station every Friday.

They were also ordered to avoid contact with any witnesses.

The men face a total of 71 charges, including 14 counts of murder.

On Thursday, charges against two of the accused were withdrawn.

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