Top cops on trial for allegedly defrauding secret slush fund

Major-General Solly Lazarus and Colonel Hein Barnard face charges of theft, fraud and corruption.

FILE: Major-General Solly Lazarus and Colonel Hein Barnard face charges of theft, fraud and corruption. Picture: RSC Inc.

PRETORIA - A former Crime Intelligence chief financial officer and a subordinate will go on trial today for allegedly defrauding the unit's secret slush fund.

Major-General Solly Lazarus, who was fired last year in connection with these allegations along with Colonel Hein Barnard, are currently out on bail.

Lazarus and Barnard face charges of theft, fraud and corruption related to more than a million rand.

It is alleged the pair used a Crime Intelligence front company to apportion money in the unit's secret slush fund which was then channelled through a Centurion car dealership.

The state will argue that Lazarus and Barnard benefitted by buying cars for friends, relatives and associates.

At one point during the investigation in 2013, the state asked the court to prohibit Lazarus from speaking to any politician or Cabinet minister which hinted at the level of corruption being investigated.