'Death Squad' boss wins court appeal

Racketeering charges against suspended KZN Hawks head Johan Booysen will be withdrawn.

Racketeering charges against suspended KZN Hawks head Johan Booysen will be withdrawn. Picture: EWN.

DURBAN - Racketeering charges against suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen will be withdrawn.

Booysen, head of the alleged 'Cato Manor Death Squad', won his High Court application this morning.

He and other officials were to face a slew of charges after being accused of killing suspects.

Booysen had asserted that the racketeering charges against him had been baseless and had taken the matter to court.

He and 28 other officers face a raft of charges relating to the running of an alleged hitch squad.

The officers under Booysens command are accused of killing suspects, staging crime scenes and profiting from their deaths.

The order will see racketeering charges against Booysen withdrawn. Other charges against the officers will be heard in the weeks to come.