Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo heads the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA).

Johannesburg - The Zondo commission will on Monday morning continue hearing evidence from a former crime intelligence officer. 

Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo testified in-camera at the inquiry. His identity is being protected as he has been living under witness protection for several years. 

This was after he blew the whistle of the millions that were splurged by crime intelligence officials from funds meant to boost the unit’s intelligence work. 

Naidoo detailed the events that led to his decision to speak to Hawks investigator Colonel Kobus Roelofse and admit his involvement and that of others in alleged corruption. Roelofse testified at the commission last week. 

Naidoo said on October 2011 he met with Roelofse and spoke about the secret service fund and how he administered false claims on instruction from General Solly Lazarus who was the account’s financial officer.

The funds funded the purchase of expensive vehicles for former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. The money was also used to splurge on overseas holidays for officials including Mdluli.

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He said after he confessed to Roelofse he later shared the details of his meetings with the Hawks with a colleague and admitted to his involvement. 

“I made numerous admissions about the secret service account. I disclosed this on the  19 of October 2011 of the looting of the secret account by other officials including myself,” Naidoo said.

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