Booysen, Cato Manor 'death squad' to appear in court

They face charges of murder & assault allegedly committed between 2008 & 2011.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen and 27 members of the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit are expected to appear in the Durban High Court this morning.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced this week that it was reinstating racketeering charges against Booysen, who had the same charges set aside in 2014 after convincing a court that the decision to charge him was irrational and unconstitutional.

The state is supporting the racketeering charge with more than a dozen charges of murder and assault allegedly committed between 2008 and 2011 by members of the organised crime unit, which was led by Booysen.

Eyewitness News understands that Booysen's legal team will place it on record today that it intends taking prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams' decision to reinstate racketeering charges on review.

It's understood that among the legal technical aspects it will rely on, is the inclusion in the prosecution authorisation certificate of an accused who died three years ago.

The NPA says the inclusion was deliberate, in order to be able to fully set out the extent of the alleged criminal enterprise in the indictment.

Independent legal experts have been unable to corroborate this rationale.

Booysen is also likely to rely on a legal opinion by prosecutor Jan Ferreira addressed to Abrahams in August last year, where he found that there was no case against him.

The NPA says it will make the indictment public after the accused have appeared in court.