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‘Death squad’ officers to face High Court judge

Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit officers will find out in February when they will stand trial.

Some of the former members of the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - Former members of the disbanded Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit, based in KwaZulu-Natal, will find out in February when they will stand trial.

The thirty officers appeared in a Durban court on Tuesday.

The officers, including KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major-General Johan Booysen, are accused of more than 70 crimes including the murders of 28 people.

Some of those killed were suspected criminals.

The unit allegedly operated as an enterprise under Booysen's command.

The policemen were arrested during June and August and served with suspension notices, pending disciplinary procedures.

The court was told the men would have to appear in the Durban High Court in February next year, when a trial date would be set.