Dubious cops still on SAPs payroll

2013-08-18 13:40
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Pretoria - Convicted drug dealer Panganathan “Timmy” Marimuthu and his family are still on the police payroll almost two years after their dubious appointments as crime intelligence agents were uncovered.

The Sunday Independent reports that the influential Durban family, who head a string of businesses, were appointed by embattled crime intelligence chief financial officer Solly Lazarus who faces fraud and theft charges relating to his alleged looting of a R250m secret fund.

The newspaper reported that a Sunday Tribune investigation found that Marimuthu, his wife Neermala Moodley, his daughter, Shantal Redhi, and his son-in-law, Denis Redhi, are still being paid salaries every month.

Moodley holds the rank of colonel, her daughter is a captain and her son-in-law is a lieutenant-colonel. Marimuthu’s rank could not be verified at the time of going to press.

Members of the Marimuthu family, who have no training as police officers, were first exposed as planted “agents” late in 2011, when a Hawks probe uncovered their appointments and the pillaging of a secret slush fund.

The inquiry into the fund brought down now suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, as well as Lazarus.

The R250m fund was meant to finance covert operations.


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