How the story unfolded

2013-07-14 14:00

A police orgy of fraud, corruption, nepotism and cover-up – that’s the picture painted in colonel Johan Roos’ labour court dossier.

Here, as outlined in official and secret police memos, e-mails, documents, letters and affidavits, is how Roos claims the story unfolded.

»?In 2004, Roos discovered that crime intelligence officers were committing serious fraud with vehicles and with companies providing services to the unit.

He reported his findings to then crime intelligence boss Mulangi Mphego.

Mphego was upset and instructed Roos to stop his probe.

»?The police’s commercial branch studied Roos’ evidence and found that there was enough to send several officers to prison. It specifically named the crime intelligence chief financial officer, Major-General Solly Lazarus.

Mphego called Roos in again and confronted him with a crime intelligence colonel who was one of the fraud suspects and who was appointed despite being previously convicted of serious fraud and forgery.

Roos continued his probe despite opposition and started to receive threatening messages.

»?In September 2005, Roos asked permission from Lazarus to leave early because he was going away for the weekend.

That night, his house was broken into and documents and his diary was stolen.

The diary detailed meetings he had with management to report fraud. Roos continued in 2006 and 2007 to report fraud and corruption, to no avail.

»?In 2008 and 2009, agent friends of Lazarus’ in

KwaZulu-Natal received millions in claims. One received more than R3?million, another almost R1.5?million and a third R1.76?million.

These agents also received an additional R2.2?million in rewards.

»?In 2009, Colonel Tobie Tolken of the Scorpions approached Roos and said the minister of police had instructed him to investigate corruption at crime intelligence.

Nothing came of the probe.

»?In July 2009, Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli was appointed as crime intelligence head.

Wanting to clean up the division, Mdluli appointed Roos to head a special team to investigate fraud and corruption in crime intelligence.

But Mdluli soon back-pedalled and Roos was removed from auditing.

Roos said Mdluli had clearly been compromised.

Roos discovered more corruption but was ordered not to compile a report. He said Mdluli was suddenly “friends with the same people he tasked us to investigate”.

»?Lazarus himself was a victim of two alleged hijackings in which laptops and cash were stolen – in one incident R1?million in cash.

The hijacking incidents were kept secret and, when tracking Lazarus’ allegedly stolen cell, it turned out Lazarus was in possession of the phone.

»?In July 2010, Mdluli informed Roos that documents and files had been stolen from the secret archive and that counterintelligence was investigating Roos.

Roos met Major-General Dan Mokgabudi, the head of counterintelligence, and handed over all his documents supporting the corruption claims.

»?In September 2010, Roos was summoned to police headquarters for a meeting with deputy police commissioner Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya, where he revealed what he knew.

She promised to set up a meeting with Cele, but Roos says he never heard from her again.

»?In January 2011, Roos met deputy police commissioner Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya and handed him a copy of his audit findings.

Again, nothing happened.

»?In November 2011, Roos instituted a grievance.

He said he had informed generals including Mdluli, Mokgabudi, Mgwenya and deputy national commissioner Godfrey Lebeya about the corruption but nothing was done.

His grievance added that the national commissioner was also informed and did nothing.

The minister had promised to investigate and did nothing.

The police ignored the grievance.

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