Gauteng cops back in court

By Drum Digital
18 September 2013

Two police officers accused of benefiting from a crime intelligence fund are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The two officers are crime intelligence unit chief financial officer Maj-Gen Solly Lazarus and the unit's head of logistics, Colonel Hein Barnard.

Both have been suspended and charged with theft, fraud and corruption involving R1.1 million.

On July 17, the amount the two senior police officers were accused of stealing was reduced to R370,000.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel submitted the revised figure to the court.

The two said, through their lawyer, they would seek to have part of their bail conditions reviewed.

The court turned down their request to have the charges broken down into individual offences.

Nel opposed the suggested amendment to the charges. He said the charges were related, even though they were committed on different occasions over a lengthy period.

Lazarus and Barnard were granted bail of R10,000 each in December.

In 2011, the unit's former head Richard Mdluli was also charged with fraud and corruption following alleged misuse of the unit's funds.

Mdluli allegedly used the money to purchase luxury vehicles.

The charges against him were later withdrawn.

-Sapa

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