Crime intel unit facing torture, murder claims

2013-07-19 07:56

Johannesburg - New allegations of torture, murder, bogus crimes and cover-ups have emerged against the police’s already controversial crime intelligence division.

The claims are made in court documents in a dispute by Colonel Johan Roos at the Labour Court in Johannesburg, reported the Mail & Guardian on Friday.

The unit’s suspended head, Richard Mdluli, is already being investigated by the Hawks and other agencies.

But one of the new claims is that suspended intelligence financial officer Major General Solly Lazarus faked two hijackings during which at least R1m in cash was stolen from him.

Lazarus allegedly did not report the hijackings and the normal procedure for reporting the crimes was ignored.

The documents also allege that a "special crime intelligence unit" created by Lazarus allegedly tortured and drowned a suspect in Booysens, Johannesburg.

Referring to the alleged incident in Booysens, for which the date is not given, a source in the document claims: "The suspect was interrogated and tortured at the scene, [and] died [drowned in the bath] under suspicious circumstances. But according to the death certificate, he died due to natural causes."

Roos, who was the crime intelligence unit’s internal auditor from 2004 to 2010, claims there were numerous incidents of fraud and corruption in the division which were covered up by senior officials.

Lazarus has been on paid suspension since November 2011. His lawyer told the M&G that her instructions from her client were that he did not want to comment "until all the matters have been finalised".

  • Singaka Mbele - 2013-07-19 08:09

    i dont care how corrupt Lazarus is...just fire Madam Rea Marikana Queen Pinyekga,finish n klaar

      Hendrik de Winnaar - 2013-07-19 08:26

      That is the exact attitude that is responsible for where we are... "I don't care how corrupt Lazarus is"

      Sean Kupferberg - 2013-07-19 08:31

      Exactly, that sort of attitude is the reason where in this mess. 'I don't care', useless individual!

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-19 09:07

      Lazarus has been on paid suspension since November many text books could have been printed and delivered??? easy to fund the corrupt with Taxpayers money.

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-07-19 09:08

      I'm not fond of that woman either. But ... were these alleged wrongdoings committed after she was appointed as the top cop?

      Coen Louw - 2013-07-19 09:11

      "ya,Lazarus is white i cant blame him,i was told when i was small early 90s you will rot in jail if you ever disagree with a white man" Dude,is Solly Lazarus white? You need a pair. Of glasses, books, brain cells....and then some.

  • Terry Burne - 2013-07-19 08:16

    Yet another corrupt ANC cadre! Will the ONE Honest ANC member please identify yourself!

      Alexander Coetzee - 2013-07-19 08:33

      impossible can be done but you are asking for a miracle....not there yet...

      Jurie Nel - 2013-07-19 08:35

      Don't hold your breath, Terry.

      John Skead - 2013-07-19 08:46

      There is truly and honestly not a single honest ANC carde... rotten to the core.. Only one them out! And don't even bother going to the DA... (DA = ANC Lite)

      WildCatSal - 2013-07-19 09:45

      Jesus will come first, so don't hold your breath..

  • Dee Bone - 2013-07-19 08:17

    all following the leader

  • Les Eberhardt - 2013-07-19 08:35

    Our "new SA" police are learning from the old apartheid force how to treat criminals. The only problem is they're 10 times worse and have no training or discipline and are,themselves not law abiding citizens! How can they fight crime if they have to watch their own "comrades"??

      Pieter Ver - 2013-07-19 08:44

      So where's the high and mighty morality police now? George Bisos, Peter Hain, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson and all the other useful ANC-idiots?

  • Sean Kupferberg - 2013-07-19 08:42

    That's another way of saying it.. 'Paid suspension' most of the cops are getting paid and are ABSOLUTELY worthless to the citizens. And where does that money come from?? US tax payers! Citizens of S.A pay these things to protect and serve, and here they are stealing more and killing more then what everyday criminals do! Corrupt, uneducated things!

  • Schaan Christie - 2013-07-19 08:49

    Singaka you fool. Lazarus is not white. Grow up

  • Elliz Edd - 2013-07-19 08:57

    Please put up a picture of this lazarus guy. I need proof that this man is indeed white. I have never heard of, and much less seen a corrupt white. Impossible!, I daresay.

      WildCatSal - 2013-07-19 09:01

      Have you ever heard of google search I dare ask..?

      WildCatSal - 2013-07-19 09:21

      Elliz Edd.. Lol!

      Diran Pillay - 2013-07-20 06:07

      Don't be an idiot

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-07-19 09:07

    Smacks of the apartheid era nê?

  • Mkulu Mkulu - 2013-07-19 09:20


  • Pieter Botha - 2013-07-19 10:40

    Does it matter what your colour is, when you are a criminal.You are a criminal. Black people are more than four times more than the indian coloured and white people together. Statistically they should have four times more criminals.

  • Jessica Steyn - 2013-07-19 11:17

    i love our force! PAID SUSPENSION SINCE 2011! honestly you are suspended for being corrupt! how can you deserve to be PAID????????????? there are so many cops who deserve your promotion who have been in the force for over 20 years and havent been promoted and they are decent and do everything by the book and are NOT corrupt!

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