Two South African policemen in court on corruption charges

Ex-crime intelligence boss Solly Lazarus
Ex-crime intelligence boss Solly Lazarus

Two police officers accused of benefiting from a crime intelligence fund are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The two officers are crime intelligence unit chief financial officer Maj-Gen Solly Lazarus and the unit’s head of logistics, Colonel Hein Barnard.

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

They appeared in court on April 30 and the matter was postponed because the pair wanted to make “certain applications” to the court when the matter resumed.

On April 11, Lazarus and Barnard were ordered to not contact or discuss the case with politicians or Cabinet members.

They were granted bail of R10,000 each in December last year, and have been suspended from the police.

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

Mdluli allegedly used the money to purchase luxury vehicles. – Sapa

The charges against him were later withdrawn. – Sapa