Tebogo Msimanga |
Pretoria Regional Court on Wednesday sentenced former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Crime Intelligence, Major General Solomon Lazarus, to 10 years imprisonment.
This is after Lazarus, who was responsible for the Secret Service Account (SSA), was convicted of corruption valued at over R200 000.
Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said Lazarus was involved in acquiring motor vehicles for crime intelligence from Atlantis Motors PTY LTD, a service provider for the front company of crime intelligence, Universal Technical Enterprises CC (UTE).
“Lazarus then derived benefit from 2006 to 2011 December, money which belonged to the state for the purchase of his daughters R55 000 Kia Picanto and the Purchase of a Honda CBR for his son for R27 432,29”
Twala added that Lazarus purchased a Honda ATV April 2009 to the value of R39 193,78 for himself, all of the benefits valued at a total of R237 939,65.
Magistrate Adriaan Bekker said corruption of members of the police could not be tolerated.
ID Head Advocate Hermione Cronje has welcomed the sentence. ‘’Today on International Anti-Corruption day we are pleased to have our very first conviction and sentencing since the inception of the ID,” said Cronje.