Tebogo Msimanga |
Former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli who is currently serving five years imprisonment for a kidnapping and assault case, failed to appear before the Pretoria Specialized Crimes Court on Tuesday, citing ill health.
His co-accused, Heine Barnard and Solomon Lazarus appeared briefly before it was postponed and referred to Pretoria High Court for a provisional date of 08 February 2021. They are accused of corruption, fraud, and theft.
Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said this is in connection with the allegation of abusing the secret services slush fund.
“This includes allegations of payment from the fund for private trips to China and Singapore, private use of witness protection houses, conversion of this property for personal use and the leasing out of his private residence to the state in order to pay Mdluli’s bond amongst others.”
Twala further stated that Barnard and Lazarus indicated that they intend on applying to the states attorney’s office for the state to pay for their legal costs as they will not afford the legal representatives for the full duration of the trial.
“The Investigating Directorate is ready to go on trial and finally settle the nine-year protracted court case which the ID inherited last year.” Highlighted Twala.