‘Station’s equipment at Badul’s farm’

2012-08-21 00:00

A VARIETY of equipment that was bought and paid for by the SA Police Services for Mountain Rise police station, was removed to the private farm of former station commissioner Hariram Badul and never returned.

This evidence was given yesterday in the Pietermaritzburg high court by former Mountain Rise police inspector Stanley Naidoo.

Naidoo, who is in witness protection, was based in the supply chain management office of the police station for 10 years.

He is giving evidence as a “204” or accomplice witness in exchange for being granted indemnity from prosecution as long as the court is satisfied that he gave his evidence truthfully.

That will only be decided by Judge Rashid Vahed, who is sitting with assessors, at the end of the case.

Badul and his four co-accused — former captain Suresh Naraindath, Lieutenant-Colonel Yunus Khan, ex-constable Patrick Nkabini and civilian businessman Sigamoney Pillay — still face 98 charges, including racketeering, corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering. They have pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Giving detailed evidence concerning numerous theft charges yesterday, Naidoo told the court that a large number of tools and equipment that were ordered, ostensibly for use at the Mountain Rise police station, found their way to Badul’s private farm.

He said he took some equipment there personally in an SAPS-owned bakkie on Badul’s instructions, and was aware on other occasions when goods were taken from the storeroom at Mountain Rise to the farm. This was also done on Badul’s orders.

He never saw the items in question again.

One of the items referred to in Naidoo’s evidence was a 12-ton trolley jack worth R12 450.

Naidoo also alleged that the director had told him to order two knapsack sprayers worth R1 585,22, stating that he required them for his private use.

In his evidence to date, Naidoo has testified that he forged the signatures of Badul and Naraindath (then head of the supply chain management at the station) on hundreds of procurement documents with their knowledge and approval.

He has also told the court about a scam allegedly run by Badul to get cash in lieu of services or goods ordered on behalf of Mountain Rise police station. In some instances “fictitious” goods were put on auction to cover up the fact that they were not at the station when stock checks were made.

He further alleged yesterday that the two companies owned by accused, Sigamoney Pillay, were “favoured” by Badul to carry out emergency repair work at the police station and cells. At times he and Naraindath were informed by Badul that Pillay had done a private job for him, but would submit an invoice for a certain amount. This would be paid by the SAPS.

At times Pillay would submit an invoice which was “partially legitimate” for work done, as well as for the private work.

The offences were all allegedly committed between 2007 (when Badul came to Mountain Rise) and 2009.

The case is proceeding.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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