Mdluli’s assets frozen
The NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit has successfully frozen assets to the tune of R13m belonging to former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and his co-accused in the ‘slush fund’ corruption case, reports News24.
The restraint order, granted by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in June, was served on Mdluli, former Crime Intelligence supply chain manager Heine Barnard and former CFO Solomon Lazarus on Tuesday.
Mdluli’s former and current wives and Lazarus and Barnard's wives were also cited as respondents in the application. The trio have been charged with multiple counts of corruption, fraud and theft relating to the alleged looting of a police slush fund between 2008 and 2012.
The crimes were allegedly committed while the three men were at the helm of Crime Intelligence and in control of its secret service account, which consisted of funds allocated by National Treasury for the specific purpose of preventing crime and gathering intelligence to combat crime.
Mdluli, Lazarus and Barnard are also accused of using witness protection houses for their personal use, and Mdluli allegedly got the state to lease his property as a safe house.
Asset Forfeiture Unit head, Advocate Ouma Rabaji-Rasethaba, said the NPA had a two-pronged strategy for prosecuting those responsible for looting state coffers.
The first is a criminal prosecution and the second is taking the proceeds of crime away through forfeiture proceedings.
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