Top cop charged alongside Mdluli and Barnard

2015-05-20 12:03

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Pretoria - Former police major general Solomon Lazarus was charged on Wednesday with five counts of corruption and one of theft in a case that will be joined to that of former colleagues Richard Mdluli and Heine Barnard in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria.

The court heard that he had handed himself over earlier in the morning for arrest before his appearance.

According to prosecutor AJ Roussow, the charges related to business class return tickets; a lease agreement to the value of R240 000, and theft of several thousand rand while he was still a policeman in the crime intelligence division.

Roussow said that because the crimes were committed when he was a policeman, bail should be no less than R10 000.


In an affidavit read by his lawyer Estelle Kilian, the court heard that he was suspended on May 29 2012 and dismissed in 2014.

He said that he had two passports, one official and one personal, and had handed them in.

He was in poor health, with diabetes and blood pressure problems.

The tall, suited Lazarus held his hands behind his back and answered with a simple ''yes'' to indicate that he understood the warning that he had to be truthful during proceedings

His assets included a house in Edenvale, a Mercedes Benz and VW Golf, and he was currently earning R15 000 a month as a consultant. His wife earned R23 000 after deductions and their financial obligations were R25 000 a month.

Their three children lived at home and they supported them.

Bail application

Magistrate N Setshoge said the applicant had to consider various factors when deciding on bail and noted that he had a family and children and was responsible for their maintenance and support.

Roussow said, based on the personal circumstances of the accused, he would not object to him also being released on the same bail conditions as Mdluli or Barnard.

He said the investigating officer was in possession of his passports.

Mdluli and Barnard were expected to appear in the adjoining court, joined by Lazarus after Lazarus's appearance.

"'I grant bail in the amount of R2 000 which I found to be reasonable,'' said Setshoge.

He has to appear in court when asked and may not interfere with State witnesses.

She then transferred it to the adjoining court for the Barnard and Mdluli's appearance.

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