HomeTruth & Memory /  December 10: Anniversar​y of the Adoption of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading treatment
Monday, 12 December 2011 08:19

December 10: Anniversar​y of the Adoption of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading treatment

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Members of the Cato Manor organised crime unit celebrate just hours after killing five robbery suspects on the N3 highway near Camperdown on January 21 2009. The members with visible faces (not blurred) are, from left, Captain Eugene van Tonder, Captain Mossie Mostert and Captain Anton Lokum Members of the Cato Manor organised crime unit celebrate just hours after killing five robbery suspects on the N3 highway near Camperdown on January 21 2009. The members with visible faces (not blurred) are, from left, Captain Eugene van Tonder, Captain Mossie Mostert and Captain Anton Lokum Credit: www.timeslive.co.za

The article entitled Shoot to Kill: Inside a South African Police Death Squad (Sunday Times, 11 Dec 2011) reveals that this unit operates under the ultimate control of the province's Hawks boss, Major-General Johan Booysen, previously head of the organised crime unit.

This unit has allegedly committed scores of assassinations, some in retaliation for suspected cop killings and others related to ongoing taxi wars.

Over the past three years, KwaZulu-Natal police have killed 527 suspects during the commission of a suspected crime, an escape, an investigation or arrest. This is by far the highest in South Africa. Of this number of deaths, the Cato Manor organised crime unit accounted for 45 and the suspects appear to have been executed.

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