Voice recording to aid in Badul case

2013-06-13 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg high court is expected to hear a voice recording featuring former police director Hariram Badul, which was secretly made by an employee during the 2009 investigation into alleged irregularities at Mountain Rise police station.

State advocate Wendy Greef told Judge Rashid Vahed and two assessors yesterday that it will probably take an hour or more to listen to the recording of the alleged conversation between Badul and former general labourer-cum-businessman Msingaphansi France Bhengu, at Badul’s home on November 18, 2009.

Bhengu testified that after he’d agreed to turn state witness in the case, he’d signed a document given to him by investigators, consenting to the interception of his discussion with Badul.

He’d concealed the recording device in the inside pocket of his jacket.

On the day before the meeting, Badul had warned him not to discuss anything on the phone because their phones were bugged, he said.

Giving evidence about parts of the conversation that he could recall, Bhengu said one of the matters they spoke about, which “disturbed” him, was that Badul had said he (Bhengu) should tell the investigators that his business, Umnotho Wezwe, had supplied three television sets to the police station.

“He [Badul] mentioned that some of the money that was deposited into our account was in respect of the purchase of the television sets … that surprised me because that did not happen,” said Bhengu.

He said it was “spelt out” by Badul during the conversation that he (Badul) only received R10 000 from the purchase of the TVs and that the majority of the money had gone to (Mountain Rise policeman) Stanley Naidoo, who is also a state witness in the case.

“I expressed my surprise on how come I did not even get a cent, and he [Badul] said ‘Okay, when the storm is over I would be receiving something’,” said Bhengu.

He said Badul also “insisted” during the discussion that his (Bhengu’s) business partner, Thami Shezi, should “go into hiding or disappear” so that investigators could not find him. This was because Shezi would be the one who’d delivered the TVs to the police station.

Bhengu testified that Badul had also remarked that he’d learned that Naidoo was “very afraid” and that he could not understand that because a “top- notch attorney” had been found for him.

The case is proceeding.

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