Badul ‘headed crime enterprise’

2010-08-21 00:00

FORMER police director Hariram Badul was the “manager” of a criminal enterprise, the state said as it indicted him and four co-accused to stand trial in the high court on charges of racketeering, fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering.

However, their high court trial date could not be finalised yesterday because of the public sector strike, state advocate Wendy Greef told regional magistrate Chris van Vuuren.

The case was postponed to September 16 pending the finalisation of the high court dates.

The state withdrew charges against police administration clerk Edward Isaac, but gave no reasons.

Greef officially handed Badul, Suresh Naraindath, Yunus Khan, Bhekuyise Nkabini and Sigamoney Pillay the indictment detailing 128 charges facing them.

The document outlines a pattern of crime allegedly committed over a period of at least two years, with Badul alleged to have been at the helm.

The indictment alleges that a criminal enterprise — with Badul as “manager” — began operating at the Mountain Rise police station “sometime during 2007”.

The alleged activities continued up to November 2009 when an investigation was instituted.

The state alleges the objectives of the criminal enterprise were to procure goods and services ostensibly on behalf of the police station, but from which the accused derived personal benefits in a variety of ways.

These included:

• taking cash back from suppliers in lieu of goods procured, after which the money was paid to Badul;

• appropriating goods (by or on behalf of Badul);

• taking cash back in lieu of services procured, ostensibly on behalf of Mountain Rise police station; alternatively Pillay providing maintenance, repair or building services at the private premises belonging to Badul or his associates, charged to the account of the SAPF;

• procuring a conference system for the police station at a greatly inflated price and dividing the difference between the actual value and amount paid out among the accused;

• claiming money from Mountain Rise Tea Club for “gardening services” allegedly rendered, when in fact the cheque was cashed and proceeds paid to Badul;

• misappropriating goods at the police station for personal use of Badul, his family or personal employees. Naraindath, Khan and Nkabini, as well as other enterprise members employed by the SAPF, were allegedly paid overtime when none had been worked, or were paid incentive bonuses, received the use of police vehicles for private benefit and other benefits in exchange for their co-operation in the activities of the criminal enterprise.

Pillay — a civilian businessman — was allegedly also rewarded for his help by being allowed to grow vegetables on Badul’s farm or at Mountain Rise police station.

The state alleges that in one instance, Badul arranged a benefit for an enterprise member — Msingaphansi France Bhengu — by ensuring that members of his family were appointed to clerical positions in the SAPF.

Naraindath (then a captain in the SAPS), Khan (a police superintendent) and Nkabini (constable), allegedly followed Badul’s instructions for reward, while Pillay is said to have been a “close associate” of the enterprise and the main supplier of fictitious services procured on behalf of Mountain Rise police station.

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