Cops still using apartheid front company

2012-05-06 20:00

Johannesburg - The front company allegedly used by crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and other agents to plunder a secret “slush fund”, was started by the apartheid-era police.

Universal Technical Enterprises (UTE) - a police front company - was established in 1988 by the security branch and used by its bomb-making unit to buy equipment to blow up anti-apartheid activists.

A Hawks investigation has uncovered that crime intelligence used UTE as a front to buy luxury vehicles for Mdluli and his family, cover their debts and pay for private flights.

UTE was set up by former security policemen and co-owned by, among, others a ­notorious apartheid bomb-planter and killer until 2004.

The existence and abuse of UTE and other crime intelligence front companies are ­exposed in affidavits made by two top Hawks investigators and in a top-secret report to acting police commissioner Lieutenant­ General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

The directors of UTE are chief financial officer of crime intelligence Solly Lazarus and former crime intelligence boss Mulangi Mphego, who resigned from the police but is still listed as a director.

Company records show that UTE was set up in May 1988 and that its original directors were Wybrand du Toit, Christoffel Breytenbach and Adam Helberg.

City Press was told last week that UTE was among a host of former security branch front companies and was utilised by the unit’s technical division to buy spy devices and equipment to assemble explosives.

Du Toit was a brigadier in the security branch and was widely known as Wal du Toit.

Motherwell Four

He was the head of the technical division of the security police and was in charge of manufacturing bombs and other explosive devices that were used to blow up activists.

Du Toit is a convicted murderer who ­appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for his complicity in killing 13 activists.

In June 1996, Du Toit was convicted of murder for blowing up four policemen - known as the Motherwell Four - with a car bomb in the Eastern Cape in December 1989.

The security police were concerned that the policemen were leaking information to the ANC, but didn’t have enough evidence to charge them.

Du Toit had to manufacture the car bomb. He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, but received amnesty.

Du Toit was also involved in the February 1991 murder of Johannesburg lawyer Bheki Mlangeni when he received a Walkman cassette player with a tape in the post.

The security police wanted to kill former Vlakplaas commander Dirk Coetzee, who was in exile with the ANC.

Du Toit and his men built explosives into the earphones of a Walkman and sent it to Coetzee. But it landed up with Mlangeni, who switched on the recorder and was instantly killed.


Du Toit was also a mastermind behind the bombing of the ANC headquarters in London in 1982 and Khanya House, the Pretoria headquarters of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, in 1988.

A former security policeman told City Press the technical division provided the security police with phone-tapping and tracking equipment, listening devices and whatever gadgets they needed to fight their secret war against the ANC.

UTE was set up to enable the unit to purchase any equipment they needed.

Although Du Toit was suspended from the police in 1996, his resignation as a director of UTE was recorded only in April 2004.

That was also the date on which Lazarus and Mphego became directors.

Lazarus is accused of being instrumental in the looting of the secret fund and was suspended from the police with Mdluli until their controversial reinstatement last month.

  • HerbySun - 2012-05-06 11:50

    Is this not one of the many Madiba's (and the gang) secrets? Nc nc nc..!

      En - 2012-05-06 19:24

      I like how you ignore the pre 1994 gang's secrets. Nice one...well played

      Herman - 2012-05-06 20:42

      The secrets are quite different. The "pre 94 gang" used the money to buy equipment they needed for their task which was to oppose the "struggle". Mdluli and co use funds the buy fancy cars for themselves. Spot the difference if you can.

      Mattewis - 2012-05-07 07:24

      What establishment wasn't started by the Apartheid-era govt? I can't really say I recall the ANC starting any economically contributing establishment? They allowed some deals to go through once the huge "crony taxes" were levied, and that's about it! Is this really news?

      Fredster - 2012-05-07 11:06

      Money sees no colour, crime or race

      Preshen - 2012-05-07 12:35

      The best part of been a South African is that you can also blame Apartheid

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-06 19:12

    Eish, Like a movie script........explosive earphones, the Irony off it all is inescapable.

  • ntunjab - 2012-05-06 19:13

    Mdluli is a dangerous man!!!

      Piet - 2012-05-06 19:47

      Nope the ANC is the problem?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 13:31

      Mduli apparently wrote Zuma a letter stating how Zuma could be certain of his support if charges against him would be dropped. A few weeks later they were. That tells us a lot.

  • Adam - 2012-05-06 19:15

    Now that we have our very own democratically elected dictatorship, and transparent government, we do not need the company.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-06 19:29

      its a BEE company now...

  • Tsotsi-Dur - 2012-05-06 19:22


      Piet - 2012-05-06 19:55

      New24 face the facts, and stop deleting comments!

      War Lord - 2012-05-07 00:19

      I have often wondered why News24 bothers with a comment section when everything said that they don't like, gets deleted. On numerous occasions I have also watch them manually adjust the up and thumbs down counter. A lot of the regular readers have stopped commenting, including myself because what is the point if you don't have free speech. And now I am not referring to obscene comments, but real comments about political issues such as this of these Government Thieves that simply continue stealing unashamedly. We are run by absolute gutter trash from the past and they have no qualms stealing us blind. Lets see how long this comment stays up on here!

      Anthony - 2012-05-07 08:38

      You all do know that there is a "Report Comment" button , and if enough people hit that button , the system deletes said comment

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-05-06 19:23

    seems the anc is more like the old national party than we ever suspected. Colour me unsurprised.

      mastersvoice - 2012-05-06 20:47

      It is to be expected - they National Party and ANC are one and the same now. Zuma and his cronies are just like the NP government used to be - a bunch of corrupt and paranoid politicians using the country's resources for their own personal gain, be it power or wealth.

  • Bennie - 2012-05-06 19:31

    If the Gastapo , had a slushfund , the ANC without a doubt would get their dirty little cotton picking hands in there as well and then blame Hitler for creating it - It is never their fault mmmkkkaayy !!!!

  • Sharmay - 2012-05-06 19:41

    well, so much for the whites benefitting from Apartheid... looks like the black chaps are taking a slice of the pie too. ANC, remember that the next time you start shouting about taking 'illegally' gained money from whites and sharing it among the people. Seems some of your ilk have already taken it.

  • michael.duplessis.71 - 2012-05-06 19:58

    What a pathetic headline. The Cops can use whoever and whatever they want and is working for them. The root of racism in this country is not in the people but in its journalists. Leave the cops to do their job.

      pws69 - 2012-05-06 20:09

      The front company allegedly used by crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and other agents to PLUNDER a secret “slush fund” FFS, it is not that hard to understand. The guy used the money for private trips, personal holiday homes, homes and cars for his family, employing one in the cybercrimes unit, who barely knew how to switch a computer on. And what has this got to do with racism? Sheesh. ***Just shake my head in complete disbelief***

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 13:38

      Michael, if you want the Mdulis of this country to do their 'work' you are naive beyond words. The root of the trouble in this country is not racism but stupidity. You proofed that.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-06 19:59

    Eieesh! Apartheid now? Close the slush fund under Apartheid with immediate effect. No wonder why the police force is in a serious mess. The police are still using apartheid tactics. We need Derek Hanekom to head a team to check Apartheid in Police units. Please link slush fund of crime intelligence to CHANCELLOR HOUSE just like in E-tolling.\ The people shall govern\

      Piet - 2012-05-06 20:14

      have a green smartie George!

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-06 19:59

    Returning to a system that failed, Stupid idea.

  • Piet - 2012-05-06 20:01

    Eish just like the NP...

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-06 20:07

    Yho is this a new South Africa?we r still talikng about apartheid front companies and security branch.r we using dirty tricks of the old regime?

      pws69 - 2012-05-06 20:13

      Yup, apparently the ANC have taken like a duck to water certain NP ways, unfortunately not the important ones like maintenance and planning.

  • Ted - 2012-05-06 20:15

    Tangible proof that a white government will not necessarily do any better. Corruption is corruption in any colour. Maybe they also bought cars then. They just didn't have the same controls and discipline we are fighting hard to enforce as a nation. It is fallacious to think that a lilly-white govt will necessarily be better than the checkered one we have. We just have to fight corruption wherever we find it. All game farmers who abuse licences for illegal rhino hunts should not only be jailed, they should have their farms seized by the asset forfeiture unit. The previous regime was full of rot, it was not made up of saints like some on this forum would like us to believe. Corruption is a cancer that afflicts all of us. There are remedies but there is no cure, just yet.

      pws69 - 2012-05-06 20:24

      Who is talking about a white government? Not me. I want a DA government, one that has PROVEN its capability and honesty. Do you know why the NO no longer exist? For the same reason the ANC should no longer exist. Between 1988 and 1992 NP ministers stole a RECOVERABLE R280 BILLION. The ANC know EXACTLY where the money is and REFUSE to go after it. Why? (Refer Noseweek for the article). What we did not expect is for the ANC to be even worse than the NP government, which is EXACTLY what has happened. What is even more frightening is that the ANC is trying its hardest to put in place the mechanisms the NP used to protect itself. The difference is today we have the internet cell phones. A LOT harder to hide your thieving, and a LOT harder to implement dictatorial "laws".

      Herman - 2012-05-06 20:52

      Fully agree with the proposed punishment for rhino poachers. Take them down in the hardest possible way!

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-05-06 20:22

    ayii, I dont know what to believe anymore

      katekani.bright - 2012-05-06 21:02

      this sucks

  • sgcrampton - 2012-05-06 20:30

    The police service is rotten to the core, this and one police commissioner a convicted criminal and one being investigated for wrong doing, police minister using the above fund to upgrade his house for security reasons? A fine comb needs to be taken through the entire service (or is it 'force' now with the military ranks?) whether this will be done or not is the question?

  • Jacques - 2012-05-06 20:30

    No suprise ,this is Africa at best . Couple of mobsters living like kings .And it is so easy . Just keep the masses uneducated till the end of time.Connect yourself with some bra in the A and see ,wangle a position of some sort and then magic. NOW YOU ARE UNTOUCHABLE

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-05-06 20:33

    Mdluli is a corrupt, stealing, murdering, horrible little man. And on his way to become chief of police. Thank you Mr President for pulling us under with your friends in high places

  • Louis - 2012-05-06 20:33

    They will probably now blame apartheid for this. Apartheid caused them to still use the apartheid "slush fund" and apartheid is to blame for them plundering it.

  • Erna - 2012-05-06 20:43

    Why isn't there a bigger hoo-ha about this Mduli thug?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 13:39

      He has too many friends in high places.

  • - 2012-05-06 20:44

    Now I've heard everything-seems the new trend is to blame everything on apartheid. Own up you bastards, it doesn't matter if Hitler setup that account when you idiots took over you should have closed it, but no, now we find out that the plot thickens once again. Are they trying to take the focus off the actual events or am i just guessing he he he suffer you bastards one off these days you all in hospital again to avoid going to prison.

  • Ditantane - 2012-05-06 20:46

    this Mdluli is a liability to our(sa) little reputation. He and his shower head boss must go.

  • Amos Morwape - 2012-05-06 20:56

    Let so called the best human race in the world stand up and justify the evil deeds of apartheid it or not the truth must be told and be heard with both ears.your gand dad Du Toit was evile,pig and satan,who found and hated people in their own land.Du Toit,Botha,Jan Smurts,Vervoed,DF Malan,Visagie and Pretorious se gaat.

      tom.vorster - 2012-05-06 21:17

      Amos, after reading your comment I re-read all the comments above yours. I dont see anyone justifying apartheid, they are merely condemning the excess and corruption perpetrated by the current SAPS, the upholders of law and order in the "democratic" South Africa, ironically using a front company established by the much hated apartheid regime police. You clearly see nothing wrong with the corruption and theft of your tax money and use the same blinkered approach - apartheid was bad and perpetrated by whites against blacks and therefore anything the current "non-racial" government does (or doesnt do legal or illegal) is quite alright because you've got your freedom and one day, just one day you'll get a free house, maybe a farm and if you're lucky (about 30 days before the next election) water in your taps.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 13:41

      Amos, the chip on your shoulder can only be removed by you.

  • Marius De Bruin - 2012-05-06 22:51

    They steal the food from your plate... And blame apartheid. Sad

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-06 22:56

    Blame apartheid? Wtf! You want water, sure! You want education, sure! But why the hell must you get a free house? So if your poor and cannot afford on bam! Because of a government that set rules for people that said white and black must be separated, you bash all whites, your government is a joke, your getting robbed by vavi, zuma, malema, and all those dumb @ss ANC members. Because your culture says crap about ur ancestors don't force ur belief on me! I mean really? Before they gave you power your people didn't do stupid? I'm shocked at some of these comments and logic....

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 13:43

      Mawandem. etc. so will you be returning to the Congo soon then?.

  • Lerato - 2012-05-07 00:14

    Wow! Thanks news24 for such a detailed history lecture, these apartheid guys were serious! Can you tell us where is Wybrand du Toit, Christoffel Breytenbach and Adam Helberg.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 13:43

      Lerato don't try to be intelligent. It's not your game.

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-07 06:36

    I think it is time we bribe Du Toit to bomb Luthuli house. Ok where is this Du Toit guy?

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-07 06:37

    I think it is time we bribe Du Toit to bomb Luthuli house. Ok where is this Du Toit guy?

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-07 06:37

    I think it is time we bribe Du Toit to bomb Luthuli house. Ok where is this Du Toit guy?

  • Janeen - 2012-05-07 06:55

    It seems that there not many new facts reported here. What the front company was used for previously has absolutely no relevanceto the corruption of the current regime. Perhaps the focus should be placed on that in stead. Isn't that what good reporting should be about

  • thapsta - 2012-05-07 08:01

    Looking at these comments am really shocked at how hatred we have amongst each other. The is no hope for SA's current generation our minds are already messed up with what happened in the past. \r\n\r\nwe may pretend in public and in our work places that we ( blacks n white) are united and love each other but if the truth be told when a black person sees a white person we still see aparteit and oppression and white ppl still blacks as slaves nd ka***rs. \r\n\r\n unfortunately this coutry is going to be transformed after all of us the current generation died with our messed up mindset.\r\n\r\nthe hope of this country lies on our young ones who are still in primary school. so lets raise them up to love each other and see each other as equal and be color blind, lets not infect them with our hatred and racist tendencies.\r\n\r\nAs for us we will never change.

  • Carolyn - 2012-05-07 09:11

    Is any one actually surprised it is another person/s caught with their hand in the till, and still having their job with the protection of the government, it is an everyday occurrence in this country which is very sad, They even want to have a level 1 funeral for a guy who was fired for corruption by the president last year (probably taxpayers money for that too) we must be the laughing stock of the world right now!!!!

  • tanya.viljoen.3 - 2012-05-07 12:10

    Why was the comment with the links deleted, N24? Is it one of those pot/kettle situations? Anyway:\r\n;;

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-07 13:29

    How disgusting, they are, forever, going on about apartheid and the previous government but when it is something they can profit from financially they keep it alive. They are worse than I thought.

  • pages:
  • 1