Top cops in court over crime intelligence slush fund

2013-07-17 08:51

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

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.

They appeared in court on April 30 and the matter was postponed because the pair wanted to make “certain applications” to the court when the matter resumed.

On April 11, Lazarus and Barnard were ordered to not contact or discuss the case with politicians or cabinet members.

They were granted bail of R10?000 each in December last year, and have been suspended from the police.

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The charges against him were later withdrawn.

City Press reported on Sunday that police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, former national police commissioner Bheki Cele and senior police generals have known about the existence of evidence showing rampant fraud, corruption and the looting of the police’s crime intelligence secret fund for years – but they did nothing.

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