Phiyega mum over agent who assisted in Solly Lazarus case

An undercover crime intelligence agent helped Solly Lazarus’s legal team in court yesterday.

FILE. An undercover crime intelligence agent helped Solly Lazarus’s legal team in court yesterday. Picture: RSC Inc.

PRETORIA - The National Police Commissioner's office has been unable to explain to Eyewitness News why an undercover crime intelligence agent was helping the unit's former chief financial officer's legal team when he appeared in court for fraud.

Solly Lazarus, who was fired from his post and his subordinate, Hein Barnard, were scheduled to go on trial on Tuesday but the matter was postponed.

The pair allegedly used a front company to siphon funds from the unit's slush fund to pay for cars and other luxuries.

A man wearing a brightly coloured orange checked shirt was seen arriving at court carrying bundles of documents for Lazarus's legal team.

Several officials in court with knowledge of crime intelligence identified the man as a colonel whose name is known to Eyewitness News .

The colonel sat in the back of courtroom during proceedings, and left with Lazarus and the legal team after the matter was adjourned.

National Police Spokesperson Solomon Makgale confirmed receipt of questions related to this on Tuesday.

But has not yet explained why a crime intelligence agent, known to perform undercover duties, would be assisting his unit's former chief financial officer who is facing criminal charges related to abuse of a secret slush fund.