Top cops used secret fund for SUVs, debts

2012-12-12 10:34

 Pretoria - A crime intelligence secret slush fund was allegedly used by two top officials to settle private debts and make purchases for family members.

This has emerged in the fraud case against the unit’s chief financial officer major-general Solly Lazarus and colonel Hein Barnard who currently were out on bail, reported Eyewitness News.

Lazarus apparently used the fund to settle debts for friends and colleagues, buying a car for his daughter, two off-road motorbikes for his son and an SUV for himself.

He also drew cash cheques and paid it into his personal account.

Barnard was accused of buying a 4x4 with money defrauded from the police’s crime intelligence department.

Top cops and former government officials apparently also benefited from the fund but later turned on their benefactors and became part of the State’s case against the accused.

The men are facing charges of theft, fraud and corruption for over R1m.

  • mariuskowie - 2012-12-12 10:49

    This report would be illegal if the secrecy's act was in place.

      rbphiri - 2012-12-12 12:06

      No surprise there, if Jackass selebi can do it, "so can we". I won't be surprised if every golf course in SA is filled with a shady looking Indian and former top cops.

  • - 2012-12-12 10:55

    Lock them up for a LONG TIME!!!

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-12-12 12:47

      NO NO NO you can't do that!! D'you know what they do to "top cops" in jail? There'll be long queues for seconds and dessert throughout the night! Now you know why the other top dog played sick.

  • davy.botha - 2012-12-12 10:59

    Life is good for the cadress and associates of the ANC. These guys are groomed to fullfill the affirmative action and then they see there position as a oppertunity to pillage and rape!

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-12-12 11:59

      "Top cops and former government officials apparently also benefited from the fund but later turned on their benefactors." Wonder if these criminals (aka police men), who sold their integrity to save their butts from jail, will be allowed to keep their jobs? Oh yes, silly question... I forgot, I live in south Africa.

      majaheni.magagula - 2012-12-12 12:01

      What a shocking comment,nothing on the report is said about the guys' political affiliation and affirmative action status.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-12 10:59

    Gamekeepers turned to poachers. Prosecute to the full might of the law, lock them away.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-12 11:01

    wow, just like zuma uses our tax money..

  • Mariaan Viljoen - 2012-12-12 11:04

    Why am I not surprised? It's a circus out here, with the politicians, SAPD and legal system the biggest clowns

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-12-12 11:06

    Nothing new. What else would you expect from these corrupt officials. They should be fired and with no pay and should have to pay back the money they stole, even if they have to work at KFC.

  • steven.douglas.14 - 2012-12-12 11:07

    Assuming that these guys are high-ranking ANC members as well, is it any wonder the ANC is coming under increased criticism of its ethics and morals?

  • gideon.walt - 2012-12-12 11:11

    If these people aren't seriously made examples of we might as well get off this merry go round and find another country to stay in.

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-12-12 11:22

    ho-hum, if they even go to trial and get convicted, the sentence would be tiny and they'll be on the ala shaik golf course after a few months anyway.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-12-12 11:22

    And the honest people are praying and begging for a job........

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-12-12 11:26

    Hopefully an example will be made of these two. Lock them up and throw away the key! SA can do without the likes of them.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-12 11:32

    Never ever pinch money out of the BIG MANS wallet, you are alowed to fill it but do not, I stress do not take anything back for your own use.

  • dilshaad.dharsey - 2012-12-12 11:37

    This pales in comparison to what the President does. But it is still unacceptable!

  • Ze Don - 2012-12-12 11:39

    Something isn't making sense here, why are these two the only people being prosecuted? It sounds like these two haven't got connections and are taking the fall while ''top cops and former government officials'' get off scot free... just a thought.

  • gladness - 2012-12-12 11:41

    Why is it that every time us blacks have access to public money we steal.??? It must be in the DNA.

  • Deon - 2012-12-12 11:49

    The wall around the Minister of police home was also build and paid for by this fund? Is he above the law or a witness?

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-12 11:57

    I would think all those cars should be forfeited to the state to recover some of the money.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-12-12 11:58

    WHEN does this come to an END? ><

      teresa.villarini - 2012-12-12 12:04

      Same thing I keep asking when does all this crap come to an end?

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-12-12 13:04

    Eish for once Im relieve its non-white that are caught with their pants down. I was really finding it difficult to defend us.

      musamuskid - 2012-12-12 14:23

      A non-white means not white...not sure if i follow ur intent

  • clarence.bock.9 - 2012-12-12 13:22

    They must stop this thing where people are in a tight corne, they become state witnesses. He must become a witness by reporting the crime when it happens. If he was part of it he must be punished as well.

  • motlalepula.sompane - 2012-12-12 14:52

    Fraud wears another colour OMG did they lock up the owner of the garage too for defrauding the state?

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