Badul was paid R10?000 to ‘sort out’ job

2012-08-22 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg high court was told yesterday that former Mountain Rise station commissioner Hariram Badul was once paid a sum of R10 000 in exchange for “sorting out” a job for a woman in the South African Police Service.

This evidence was given by former Mountain Rise policeman Stanley Naidoo in connection with one of the corruption charges facing Badul and his four co-accused, ●captain Suresh Naraindath, lieutenant colonel Yunus Khan, former constable Patrick Nkabini and businessman, Sigamoney Pillay.

Naidoo told Judge Rashid Vahed and assessors that a colleague, Msigangaphansi Bhengu, had said his sister needed employment.

Bhengu asked Naidoo if he would “lie” to Badul by telling him that the daughter of his (Naidoo’s) domestic worker had R10 000 and needed to get a job.

Naidoo said he first said he can’t do it, but Bhengu pleaded with him.

“So I went to Director Badul and I said that my maid’s daughter wants a job as a clerk and she has R10 000 to pay for the job.

“He said, don’t worry, he’ll sort it out,” said Naidoo.

Application forms were subsequently filled in.

Bhengu thereafter came to him and said his sister had already started a job at the Camperdown South African Police Service as a clerk.

“He had R10 000 which he gave me and he followed me to the director’s office.

“He stood outside the office.

“I went in and I gave the director [Badul] R10 000.

“He was surprised that she had already started work … I met Bhengu outside and we walked away,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo also alleged yesterday that large quantities of cleaning materials, which including detergent and soap as well as toilet rolls which were ordered on behalf of the SAPS at Mountain Rise, were taken away by Badul for his private use.

Some of Badul’s co-accused — Nkabini, Naraindath and Pillay — had also sometimes taken toilet rolls away, he said.

On one occasion three bakkie loads of cleaning materials were offloaded at Badul’s private farm.

Naidoo testified that he drove one of the loads to the farm and helped offload it.

On Badul’s instructions he also removed the labels on the containers and replaced them with white labels on which he wrote the name of the cleaning detergent.

Naidoo told the court that he had been a recipient of incentive bonuses for three years even though he didn’t officially deserve them.

He said: “I deserved it as a reward for favours and running around I did for director Badul.”

Badul also showed “appreciation” by allowing him and others to claim overtime to which they were not entitled, he alleged.

The case is proceeding.

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