NPA serves restraining order in SAPS slush fund abuse case

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The National Prosecuting Authority Asset Forfeiture Unit (NPA AFU) has received and served a restriction order of at least R13 million on former Head of Crime Intelligence of the South African Police Service (SAPS), Richard Mdlulihead of supply chain management, Heine Barnard, former chief financial officer of SAPS Crime Intelligence, Solomon Lazarus, and others.

The other defendants are Mdluli’s ex-wife, Theresa Lyons, and his current wife, Vusiwane Mdluli, John and Heena Appalsami of Daez Trading CC, Barnard’s wife Juanita Barnard and Lazarus’ wife, Sandra Lazarus.

According to the NPA, the restraint relates to the fraud, theft and corruption cases the defendants are facing in the Gauteng High Court.

“The case concerns allegations of gross abuse of the police crime intelligence slush fund, which ultimately benefited Richard Mdluli and his family.

“They include payment for private trips to China and Singapore, private use of a witness protection house in Boksburg and conversion of this property for personal use. [and] renting Mdluli’s private townhouse at Gordon Villas in Gordon’s Bay as a haven for the state and using the monthly rent to pay his bond.

“[Charges also include] paying [Mdluli’s] financing the fees due on his private BMW through a complex scheme at the expense of SAPS, causing a SAPS supplier to give Mdluli a special offer on the use and purchase price of a Honda Ballade, paying transfer costs to a lawyer when buying a house in Cape Town and having family members, without adequate qualifications or experience, named in crime intelligence [as well as] put them on the payroll and pay their salaries, provide them with motor vehicles and cell phones.

“The offenses were allegedly committed between 2008 and 2012,” the NPA said.

NPA AFU Chief, Barrister Ouma Rabaji-Rasethaba said the prosecution is determined to ensure that not only those suspected of corruption are brought to justice, but return all illegal benefits to the State.

“The NPA has a two-pronged strategy to prosecute those responsible for plundering state coffers – through criminal prosecutions and also by removing the proceeds of crime through asset forfeiture proceedings.

“We will not allow those who have benefited from crime to keep ill-gotten gains and they must feel that crime does not pay, Rabaji-Rasethaba said. – SAnews.gov.za

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