Death squad to face over 100 charges

30 members of the notorious Cato Manor 'death squad’ will appear for the first time in court on Friday.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Thursday said 30 police officers linked to the so called 'Cato Manor death squad' will face over a hundred charges when they appear in a Durban court on Friday.

They are accused of assaulting and murdering suspects instead of prosecuting them.

Former Durban Hawks boss Johan Booysen and 12 officers were arrested on Wednesday while eighteen handed themselves over in June.

All 30 officers are expected to receive their indictments when they appear in court.

The IPID's Moses Dlamini said a task team has been hard at building a case against the unit.

Senior members of the unit including Booysen were released on bail of R5000 each.

In 2012, the unit was disbanded after it emerged that officers had been involved in the deaths of several suspects.

The squad was led by Booysen.

He has always maintained that the allegations were part of a smear campaign.

In 2011, the Sunday Times reported the unit had a hand in several assassinations, some of which were in retaliation to police killings in the province.