SAPS probes undercover agent's ties to former top cop

EWN has learnt an investigation has been launched into an undercover Crime Intelligence agent.

FILE: A Crime Intelligence Unit undercover agent was spotted at the fraud trial of the unit’s former chief financial officer. Picture: Saps

PRETORIA - The office of the National Police Commissioner has confirmed to Eyewitness News that an investigation has been launched into a Crime Intelligence Unit undercover agent who was spotted at the fraud trial of the unit's former chief financial officer.

Solly Lazarus made a brief court appearance last month. He and co-accused Hein Barnard, who is still employed by the police, allegedly used a front company to siphon funds from the unit's slush fund.

When Lazarus arrived in court with his legal team, an undercover Crime Intelligence Unit colonel, whose name is known to Eyewitness News , carried bags and files for his lawyers.

Eyewitness News asked national police spokesman Solomon Makgale to explain why the colonel was at court and why he was assisting Lazarus's legal team.

Makgale says an investigation has been launched and those questions have been put to the colonel to explain.

It's understood Lazarus still has ties with the unit's former head Richard Mdluli, who has been mired in controversy over his alleged involvement in the murder of a Gauteng man and his ties to senior political figures.