Top cops warned: Steer clear of politicians

2013-04-11 22:16

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Johannesburg - Two police officers accused of benefiting from a crime intelligence fund were ordered on Thursday not to contact or discuss the case with politicians or Cabinet members.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said the order was made by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court when the pair made their third appearance.

They are crime intelligence unit chief financial officer Major General Solly Lazarus and the unit's head of logistics Colonel Hein Barnard.

Both have been suspended and charged with theft, fraud and corruption involving R1.1m.

Eyewitness News reported the order came after claims that the Hawks had information showing Lazarus had met State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Simasiku said he could not reveal the reasons for the order.

Lazarus and Barnard were arrested in December and were granted bail of R10 000 each.

In 2011, the unit's former head Richard Mdluli was also charged with fraud and corruption following the alleged misuse of the unit's funds.

Mdluli allegedly used the money to purchase luxury vehicles.

The charges against him were later withdrawn.

Read more on:    police  |  siyabonga cwele  |  solly lazarus  |  richard mdluli

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