Solly Lazarus case postponed to February

Solly Lazarus and Hein Barnard are accused of defrauding the unit’s secret slush fund.

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PRETORIA - The case against former Crime Intelligence Chief Financial Officer Solly Lazarus and a subordinate has hit an unexpected delay, with the trial now postponed to February.

Lazarus and Hein Barnard appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrates Court yesterday.

The pair are accused of defrauding the unit's secret slush fund of several hundred thousand rand.

The case against Lazarus and Barnard has been delayed by a further four months because the magistrate was on short notice appointed to act as a judge for the remainder of the year.

All the parties were ready to proceed but agreed to the postponement.

Car dealer Jan Venter is expected to continue being cross-examined by the defence when the matter resumes.

Venter has testified that he set up a secret account at the behest of Barnard, and channelled the profit of car sales to crime intelligence.

He says both Barnard and Lazarus used the funds to purchase their own vehicles.

The defence has denied his claims.