Badul trial key witness keeps job with SAPS

2012-08-24 00:00

THE key witness in the racketeering trial of former Mountain Rise police station commissioner Hariram Badul and others, Stanley Naidoo, has kept his job with the SA Police Service.

He has not faced any charges, despite admitting his involvement in various “scams” as well as forgery, the high court heard yesterday.

Under cross-examination by advocate Christo van Schalkwyk SC (for Badul), Naidoo testified that the state paid to relocate him and his family when they entered the witness protection programme in December 2009, soon after he had decided to “spill the beans”about irregularities at Mountain Rise, and it was still paying for their accommodation.

His wife, who was running a security and laminating business at the time, was compensated for leaving her business and was being paid R4 700 per month.

Naidoo agreed he’d never faced disciplinary steps, nor been criminally charged for his role in the offences.

Van Schalkwyk asked Naidoo if he had told the investigators that he wanted to come clean and indicated that he was prepared to accept a sentence for what he had done. Naidoo said he had not.

Asked if he was surprised when “nothing happened to him”, he said he had not asked what would happen to him and had not thought about that.

Van Schalkwyk also questioned why Naidoo went along with the scams and never reported the irregularities.

Naidoo replied that Badul was “not just any policeman”.

“It’s Director Badul who has such power and authority … I also knew many senior officers who were afraid of him and I’m a mere inspector,” he said.

Van Schalkwyk suggested that Naidoo could have called the “corruption hotline” which is advertised at all police stations and which would protect his identity.

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