Friday, June 22, 2012

The Cato Manor Witch-Hunt

During December 2011, when the Sunday Times first started with their sensational tittle-tattle story about an alleged "hit squad" operating in KwaZulu-Natal, a little bird on my shoulder warned me not to deliver an opinion at that point in time. The little bird usually makes its appearance when I have extremely mixed feelings about a subject, or when I don’t have sufficient facts at my disposal to deliver an opinion that will make logical sense.

Although this blog made brief mention of the Sunday Times allegations in a posting titled, “South Africa - receding into a pit of hell?” the heading was deliberately composed as a question, with the hope that visitors would provide some answers on My Simple Online Abode (Mysoa). Unfortunately the posting, as with so many others, attracted very little attention with zero comments, possibly because there was another posting, on another more popular blog, dealing with the same issue at the time. I can clearly recall how some of the commentators on that blog were having a field day crucifying members of Cato Manor’s organised crime unit, and also anyone else who dared mention a good word about them.

Now that the whole sordid business has hit the media headlines, in the typical melodramatic style one can only expect from the communist-controlled liberal main stream media, I can see a clear pattern evolving here, where the issue of so-called 'human rights' are again being exploited for all the wrong reasons exactly in the same fashion as it happened during the apartheid days.

Although I still have mixed feelings about this whole business while typing these words, they have diminished somewhat. So - where shall we start?

Shall we start with the killing of nine policemen in Cato Manor by a crowd of blacks in February 1960, an incident that took place a few weeks before the ‘celebrated’ Sharpeville massacre of 21 March 1960, or is that going back a bit too far?

Or -- shall we explore the fact that the ANC has for years used all sorts of underhanded tricks as well as extreme violence to dominate political space in KwaZulu-Natal?  I can write a book on the subject because I was there, in the thick of it all, between the years 1993 to 2002. My short e-book, Memoir of an Apartheid Cop, published on Smashwords on 20 August 2010, is a rather skimpy foretaste of the terror my colleagues and I witnessed while serving in the SA Police Ballistic Unit in KwaZulu-Natal.

The ANC tried their very best to implicate a so-called apartheid ‘third force’ in the pre-1994 violence in KwaZulu-Natal. They also succeeded in spreading this propaganda to the entire world, while inflating the number of blacks that were killed by the apartheid government -- (READ THE TRUTH HERE).

The violence and killings continued after the 1994 elections… After 17 years of ANC rule and by August 2011 the spike in killings in KwaZulu-Natal had reached yet another peak. Cato Manor also happened to be one of the hotspots in the war zone.

How ‘bout we explore the real reasons why the previous National Commissioner of Police, Bheki Cele, was removed from his post as National Commissioner? Everyone believes what the newspapers are telling us, but is it the truth?

Bheki Cele was suspended from duty in October 2011, about  two months before the Sunday Times broke the story about the alleged "hit squad". The same news report makes brief mention of the stir caused by Cele when he unexpectedly promoted Johan Booysen to head the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal. The “stir” had nothing to do with the fact that there were already being questions asked about the ‘shocking’ high kill rate of crime suspects by Durban’s Organised Crime Unit, as the Sunday Times was trying to imply. The “stir” was all about the colour of Johan Booysen’s white skin, and Cele’s brazen disregard for the ANC’s racialist policies... How dare he promote a white cop, who also served in the apartheid days, to such a senior post?

The unit was eventually disbanded in February 2012, with several of its members, all with distinguished service records, being incorporated into the Hawks. By April 2012, while Major-General Johan Booysen was fighting his suspension from the police, a battle he eventually won, a suspended Bheki Cele spoke in an interview with City Press, stating: I’d serve in the trenches with Cato Manor’s Booysen.

“If you read the newspaper about a policeman being gunned down ... I was there after they were killed, to wash their blood, to pick up dead bodies and I was there to put the coffin down,” said Cele. - I highly recommend that visitors read the full report. It’s quite an eye-opener!

To summarize Cele’s involvement:
Never in their wildest dreams did the ANC ever imagine that deep inside the heart and dark soul of one of their very own gangster-comrades, lay a profound and genuine desire to be a passionate and true cop. It was the last thing they expected from someone who was imprisoned and tortured by police during the apartheid era.

I also think Cele surprised quite a number of people when he showed his support for the arrested members and their families by pitching up at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

I don’t know what it is with the ANC government and this obsession they have with creating chaos and destruction. The South African Police is already in a dreadful shambles, and can clearly not cope with the current appalling number of violent crime incidents taking place on a per-minute basis all over the country. BUT - whenever they plan their persecutions (witch-hunts) the manpower and resources suddenly and mysteriously appear from nowhere... For example, in the Cato Manor case the following, among others, are involved: The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), the State’s high profile legal team, and representatives of the National Prosecuting Authority... You seldom see this type of zeal when it comes to the prosecution of the barbaric savages living among us.

Media headlines should be shouting: “STOP THE MURDERS – STOP THE VIOLENCE!” in bold capital letters, but what do we see? We see them boldly announcing the arrest of elite crime-fighting cops, courageous men who have put their own lives on the line while fighting hardened criminals. They’ve branded these men with the disgusting term “Death Squad”, BEFORE one single member of the unit has been proven guilty... Instead of reporting on the numerous success stories of the Durban Organised Crime Unit, we only see them broadcasting more doomsday news (government scare tactics)... “This is just the first phase... We expect that more arrests will follow." - Source.

The following facts further highlight the injustice and demonic madness of this whole affair:

  • Some of the men had been tipped off about their pending arrests and had been waiting with their attorney, Carl van der Merwe, at the Durban organised crime unit offices since 6pm on Tuesday. Their attorney informed the national unit and Hawks spokesman, McIntosh Polela, that the police officers intended to co-operate. Despite this arrangement the officers were instead arrested during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
  • Thursdays court proceedings were delayed and bail application postponed to Friday. If the application is not concluded on Friday members of the unit will remain in custody the entire weekend.
  • One of the wives of a detained officer, Charlene Eva, stood outside the holding cells of the Durban Central Police Station for more than seven hours, desperately waiting to hand over medication and specially prepared food for her gravely ill husband. Her husband, Captain Neville Eva, suffers from a bacterial infection of the heart.
  • Another detained member of the unit whose brother was due to be buried on Friday was refused permission to attend the funeral.

Some of the above facts were sourced from the facebook page: Durban Organised Crime Unit - KZN

I’ll roundup this posting by including a poem written by my dearly beloved father sometime in the late 1970s:


His power is limited, there's restriction.
Many there are, that escape conviction.
A battle of wits against criminal minds,
and then so many of different kinds.

There are those that hold in cold contempt,
he that protects them as sweet dreams they dreamt.
Without his presence upon the scene,
terror would reign, in our cities supreme.

He is used and abused, then cast away.
He doesn't want pity, just a little more pay.
The cream of the nation joins its ranks.
From the public they rarely get any thanks.

Justice with mercy, he tries to weld,
but the means from him, are often withheld.
His life is often hard and cruel,
but in every case, he must keep cool.

Down darkened streets where danger lies,
for help, he rushes to those cries.
Sometimes his gun, he's forced to use:
between life and death he then must choose.

Many would like him out the way.
Against him a vicious attitude they display.
Those evil doctrines in high places contrived,
the investigation, some never survived.

A sympathetic ear he has often turned,
to those by society unjustly spurned.
With harsh reality, he has much to do,
and yet, he has feelings, like me and you.

He is not very often as a hero seen,
yet being a policeman, is some schoolboys dream.
For his heart to win people should strive,
it may be through him, that you're still alive.

by JB Elsden 

Every South African has a strong opinion on crime and policing, but most know very little about the lives and experiences of the average cop in the 185,000-strong South African Police Service. This book is composed of excerpts from interviews with current and former members of the service who, for the first time, share their personal experiences of life behind the badge. The book covers a wide range of themes, including reasons for signing up, training, policing under apartheid and transformation after 1994. It describes the experiences of solving cases, using lethal force, being shot at and losing colleagues. Policemen and -women speak frankly about the psychological toll of police work and the impact on their family lives, and gives startling insights into ethics, torture, corruption, sex and power. There is a mantra among police: 'What happens on the shift stays on the shift.' In Behind the Badge, members break through this wall of silence and reveal the hidden life of the police.


EVAngelist said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Bail posted at R5k.
Hoping, praying, wishing the truth will out - somehow. The men and women in the line of duty, not all are white knights, but most would take a bullet for people they don't even know, standing side by side, arm in arm against the tsunami of crime rotting our country to the core. And to the idiot ignorant masses - educate yourselves before forming an opinion. Don't just read media reports and bleat your dismay like the rest of the sheep - there is far more to this and it doesn't take a matric to figure it out.

EVAngelist - blood family

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Good and honest article as usual TIA MYSOA. An amazing poem wriiten by your dad, nothing could be more true, In the late 70's I was doing border camps, did my national service in 1973.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Lees die artikel in Noseweek van Maart 2012.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I support ur article 100%, I cudnt have sed it better. A big thank u to all the members of the organised crime unit, who put they lives in danger evryday to fight crime. And that's the thank u they get!! Not knwing whether they will be alive to see the next day. As people of this country who should support and stand by them.
Tia Mysoa- thank u for putting things into perspective.

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What about the poice brutality

APLAPoqo said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

The link that you have posted to a so-called truthful report shows people who were supposedly victims of farm murder. However, at least one of the photos (of the woman impaled by a broomstick) is of a victim of the Boston Strangler in the USA, and has nothing to do with any crime in SA.
I do not know yet what to make of Lamola's specific statements, but I do know that SA needs land reform and few, if any whites, seem willing to acknowledge this fact. In your list of references to books it is interesting that you never mention "Land Reform in Zimbabwe: the Myths and Realities" by Ian Scones et al, published 2010. This book suggests, based on research in Zimbabwe's Masvingo province, that Mugabe's land reforms in Zimbabwe have not been entire failures and catastrophes contrary to what the Western media has portrayed.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@APLAPoqo – Thank you for pointing out the photo-blunder in the link. I’ve removed the link and replaced it with this one, which also deals with some info and stats related to the killings during the apartheid era. The article also mentions Max Coleman's book, published by the Human Rights Commission in 1998 - A Crime Against Humanity : Analysing the Repression of the Apartheid State.

Regarding the book about Zim you mentioned – It has now been added to this list.

Thanks again for the info.

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The fact that all 18 detainees were sent home on bail of R5000, with the only condition being that they report once a week to Durban Central Police Station and do not contact any witnesses, is sufficient proof that the state’s allegations are rather scrawny.

What’s the bet the state will play for more time and that the matter will be postponed again on 24 August.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Baie goeie post Tia!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Excellent post, Tia.

And what a wonderful poem by your father - it speaks volumes.

Sanet said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

If not for your blogs I would live in ignorance. I read the newspaper from front to back and tend to believe what I read, although not completely but always thought, surely a large part of the article must be truthfull?? Thanx for your postings, its opening up a world to me unknown. I will no longer be a sheep that bleats EVAngelist!

APLAPoqo said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thank you for the corrections

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

High court date has been set for the 5th Feb 2013

Full news report: IOL News

Carte Blanche video

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Cato Manor: Suspended Hawks boss hits back at ‘trumped-up’ charges

Suspended Hawks KwaZulu-Natal head General Johan Booysen has challenged the racketeering charges against him and 27 members of the disbanded Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crime Unit in court, claiming they were aimed at tying him up in court for several years.

In an application in the Durban High Court this week, Booysen has asked that the court declare the decision by the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) to authorise the racketeering charges null and void. The decision, he says, was an “abuse’’ and was based on “lies’’ or “pressure’’ from those who want to “prevent me from doing my job”... Continue reading - City Press.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

It's been more than a year and this case is still dragging on. Here's the latest news on this witch hunt: Johan Booysen rips into NDPP

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Blood on their Hands: General Johan Booysen Reveals His Truth

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