Disgraced director caught unawares as Hawks descend

2010-08-12 00:00

IT was the last thing disgraced former Mountain Rise police director Hariram Badul expected when the Hawks descended on his home to attach his assets yesterday.

The plush suburb of Mountain Rise was quiet and intermittent peeping through drawn curtains could be seen when about 10 National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) vehicles lined up in front of Badul’s home.

While Badul was served, members of the NPA swooped on his four co-accused.

Other houses targeted were those of Suresh Masalthie Naraindath in Executive Drive (Orient Heights), Yunus Goolam Khan of Plymouth Road (Allan­dale), local businessman Sigamoney Pillay in Copesville and labourer Bhekuyise Nkabini in Elandskop.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit was looking for six vehicles, but NPA spokesperson Knorx Molelle said only four were recovered from Naraindanth, Nkabini and Pillay.

One vehicle is believed to be in Cape Town and the remaining one was not on either property.

Naraindath, Khan and Nkabini are on suspension pending disciplinary action against them.

In February, Badul was dismissed from the police force just two days before his official retirement date.

His farm was raided by the Hawks and property such as seven old case dockets and a large quantity of equipment, which included several brush cutters and weed sprayers, were confiscated. Cleaning materials the state alleges is government property were also confiscated.

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