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'Death squad' to appear in court

The arrested members of the Cato Manor ‘death squad’ will make a court appearance on Friday.

Some members of the Cato Manor 'death squad'. Picture: Facebook.

DURBAN - A total of 30 policemen who were arrested for allegedly being part of the notorious 'Cato Manor death squad' are expected to receive their indictments when they appear in court on Friday.

The Hawks and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) arrested twelve officers on Wednesday, while 18 handed themselves over in June.

The group is accused of assaulting and murdering suspects instead of prosecuting them.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said the latest arrests marked the end of the investigation.

Polela said all of the accused will be appearing in court.

"They are charged with committing murder and instead of arresting suspects they killed them."

It is understood senior members of the Durban organised crime unit were arrested, including KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

He fought off a suspension in the Labour Court, but will now have to answer to the charges.

All 'death squad' members face over 100 charges of murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearms, housebreaking and malicious damage to property.