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CAPE TOWN — One of KwaZulu­Natal’s top cor­rup­tion busters ap­peared in court yes­ter­day, along with an­other po­lice­man and a lux­ury ve­hi­cle trader, charged with at­tempt­ing to cover up an in­sur­ance fraud.

Colonel Clarence Jones (31) is at­tached to the Se­ri­ous Cor­rup­tion Unit in Dur­ban.

He ap­peared in court along with Lieu­tenant­Colonel Dhamashan Maistry, who is based with the Hawks at Dur­ban Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion, and Preven­theran Goven­der (45), whose ad­dress was cited as Cen­tu­rion on the charge sheet. Goven­der is the prin­ci­pal dealer of Lux­ury Auto.

The case was in­ves­ti­gated by SAPS head of­fice and will be han­dled by a spe­cial­ist pros­e­cu­tor from Pretoria, Ad­vo­cate Mbulelo Her­manus.

The charge sheet, which was handed to the ac­cused’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives when they ap­peared be­fore Dur­ban Com­mer­cial Crime Court Mag­is­trate P. Naidoo, al­leges that Maistry and Goven­der are guilty of cor­rup­tion, Maistry of de­feat­ing the ends of the jus­tice, and Jones of “be­ing an ac­ces­sory” and de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

The al­leged crimes cen­tre on the R229 000 pur­chase of a 2009 Jaguar from an Eshowe car dealer in De­cem­ber 2015. The car was al­legedly pur­chased by one Adrian Mun­samy, with Wes­bank pro­vid­ing Mu­nasamy with the R491 000 fi­nance for the deal.

An amount of R464 500 of that was later paid into Goven­der’s ac­count.

In March 2016, it is al­leged, Mun­samy lodged an in­sur­ance claim against San­tam re­gard­ing an ac­ci­dent that month. Mar­ius van der Merwe, a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor em­ployed by Wes­bank Fraud Risk Man­age­ment, was tasked to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­ci­dent and traced Mun­samy to an ad­dress in Chatsworth.

It is al­leged that Maistry then ap­proached Van der Merwe and of­fered him R10 000 “not to get in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­til af­ter the set­tle­ment of the in­sur­ance claim and not to ap­proach the Eshowe deal­er­ship as it would jeop­ar­dise the busi­ness re­la­tion­ship be­tween it and Goven­der”.

The state al­leges that Jones was in­formed of this and was given the R10 000, plus a recorded con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Maistry and Goven­der.

Although he knew it was ev­i­dence of a pos­si­ble crime, it is al­leged he “con­cealed these” un­til he was dis­cov­ered and then he in­structed an­other po­lice of­fi­cer to in­cor­po­rate them as ex­hibits in a crim­i­nal case opened at Green­wood Park po­lice sta­tion.

Yes­ter­day, the state handed in a CD con­tain­ing the full docket — said to con­tain 4 500 pages of doc­u­ments — to the de­fence. The mat­ter was ad­journed un­til next month.

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