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Mdluli’s assets acquired through fraudulent means, frozen 

Richard Mdluli, the disgraced former head of South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Intelligence,and his co-accused have had their assets frozen due to allegations of fraud and corruption.

North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted Asset Forfeiture Unit restrain order on June 1, 2022, freezing Mdluli and his co-cussed assets worth R13 million.

Mdluli, and SAPS manager Heine Barnard, are alleged to have swindled millions of rands from Crime Intelligence’s secret service account under their custodianship to finance their lifestyles.

Investigating Directorate Spokesperson, Sindisiwe Seboka said the amount consists of funds allocated to Crime Intelligence by National Treasury for the specific purpose of gathering intelligence to combat crime.

Mdluli and two and his two co-accused, Head of supply chain management Heine Barnard and former SAPS Crime Intelligence Chief Finance Officer, Solomon Lazarus and others were served with restrain order on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

The other parties in the matter are Mdluli’s former and current wives, Theresa Lyons and Vusiwane Mdluli, John and Heena Appalsami of Daez Trading CC, acting as letting agent, Heine Barnard’s wife, Juanita Barnard and Solomon Lazarus’ wife, Sandra Lazarus.

The restrain order is based on the state’s reinstatement of the fraud, theft, and corruption case on August 26, 2020.

In this case, there are allegations of gross abuse of police crime intelligence slush funds, which benefited Mdluli.

Mdluli paid private trips to China and Singapore as well as converted a witness protection house in Boksburg to his private use. He leased out his private Gordon Villas house in Gordons Bay as a safe house to the state, which he used to pay his bond.

Using a complex scheme, Mdluli paid his financing costs for his BMW, coercing a SAPS supplier into giving him a special deal on the use and purchase of a Honda Ballade.

It is alleged that he used the money to pay transfer costs to an attorney when purchasing a house in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

Assigning family members with inadequate qualifications or experience to the crime intelligence department, paying their salaries, placing them on payroll, and providing them with cars and cell phones.

According to Seboka, the offences occurred between 2008 and 2012.

Advocacy Ouma Rabaji-Rasethaba, Head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, welcomes the restraining order.

In addition to criminal prosecution, Rabaji-Rasethaba said the NPA uses asset forfeiture as a second method of recovering proceeds of crime.

“Those who benefited from crime will not be able to hold on to their ill-gotten gains, and they will feel that crime does not pay.” she said.

The criminal matter returns to court on November 5, 2022.

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