LIVE FEED: State Capture Inquiry September 19, 2019
Johannesburg - The Zondo commission will on Thursday morning continue hearing evidence related to the looting of the crime intelligence secret service account.
Hawks official Colonel Kobus Roelofse will take the stand for a third day at the inquiry.
On Wednesday, Roelofse told the commission about his investigation into the swindling of millions from the crime intelligence (CI) secret service account. The account is meant to fund special operations for the unit and is not meant for personal lifestyles.
The bulk of Roelofse’s evidence relies on information provided by former crime intelligence official Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo. Naidoo blew the whistle and has been under witness protection for years.
Roelofse told the inquiry how former crime intelligence chief financial officer General Solly Lazarus approved the use of the secret service account for the purchase of vehicles for crime intelligence officials, which was illegal according to Roelofse.
He spoke of three cars which ranged from two Mercs, a BMW and a Lexus. All the cars were used by former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. The cars cost the unit R3 million.
Another official, who was not directly employed by crime intelligence, had also benefited with an Audi Q5 being purchased for her using the secret fund account. Roelofse said the official had her benefits which provided her with a car and a driver and she was not entitled to the car purchased by CI as she was not even an agent.
Another revelation related to the security upgrades that were funded using the secret service account. Mdluli pocketed R190,000 in security upgrades to his home in Boksburg.
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Another official benefited with R40 000 being spent for security upgrades to her home.
“Colonel Naidoo informed me that General Mdluli received security upgrades to his house. The value of that upgrade was valued at R190 000. I have the documentation showing this transaction which is classified. These were upgrades to his private home which is situated in Boksburg.”
“The other general who received a security upgrade to her home which amounted to R40 000. I was not provided with the documents from crime intelligence. I was able to verify through bank statements and invoices of the service provider,” Roelofse said.
The Hawks official also revealed that crime intelligence also funded security upgrades for former minister of police Nathi Mthethwa in KwaZulu-Natal.
“According to Colonel Naidoo, he informed me about the upgrades that were undertaken at the private residence of former minister of police Nathi Mthethwa in KZN. There was a risk assessment done in May 2010 on the instruction of general Mdluli. Col Naidoo submitted the claim for R195 000. It was three payments to that value,” he said.IOL