‘Badul ran requisitions scam’

2012-08-17 00:00

FORMER Mountain Rise police inspector Stanley Naidoo has given evidence in the high court in Pietermaritzburg about an alleged scam run by former station commissioner Hariram Badul to obtain cash in lieu of equipment charged to the SA Police Service.

He testified that the first time this happened, he and his superior in the supply chain management office, Captain Suresh Naraindath, were called to Badul’s office and told to make out a requisition for “toners and drum units” for fax machines and printers.

Naidoo is testifying as an accomplice witness at the trial of Badul, Naraindath and three others — Senior Superintendent Yunus Khan, former constable Patrick Nkabini and civilian businessman Sigamoney Pillay.

He said Naraindath had told Badul that there was no need for the drum units and toners as the station had sufficient stock, but Badul insisted they do a requisition.

They returned to their office and did as instructed.

“I filled out the requisitions and I gave it to Naraindath to sign. He told me I must sign his signature and I did,” said Naidoo.

He testified that it became habitual for him to forge the signatures of both Naraindath and Badul on the hundreds of procurement documents between 2007 and 2009, on Naraindath’s instructions.

He said he had submitted the requisition forms and obtained quotes from suppliers.

Once this had been done, Badul again called them into his office and wanted to know what progress had been made. Naraindath informed him that T & T Agencies had quoted the lowest.

“To my surprise, the director stated that he does not want drum units and toners; he wants cash. He stated that Naraindath and myself must sort it out with the supplier.”

Naidoo said that when he and Naraindath approached Yugen Naik of T & T Agencies, he agreed it was “okay”, but wanted a cut of 10%.

Badul called a few times to check if T & T had been paid. Once payment had been made, he instructed Naidoo and Naraindath to collect the money — R24 000 on that occasion — from Naik.

Naidoo said he and Naraindath met Naik at his house and Naik handed over two white envelopes containing R24 000 cash. “He insisted that I count it in his presence,” said Naidoo.

He did so while Naraindath looked on, he said.

Naidoo said he handed the money to Badul in Naraindath’s presence.

He has given evidence about a number of similar incidents in which cash was obtained in lieu of goods procured, ostensibly for the station, in co-operation with T & T Agencies.

He also told the court yesterday about the allegedly fictitious purchase of three Sony 40-inch LCD television sets that were initially ordered through T & T Agencies on Badul’s instructions in 2009 at a total cost of R44 900.

Subsequently, Badul had told him that T & T would no longer be supplying the television sets and that it would be “supplied” by a new company, Umnotho Wezwe Trading Enterprise. He later learned that this business belonged to another Mountain Rise police officer, Msingaphansi France Bhengu.

In this instance, too, cash was obtained in lieu of the television sets, the court heard.

The case is proceeding.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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