Arno Lamoer gets R5000 bail, remains on the job

2015-04-17 14:09

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Western Cape police boss Arno Lamoer faces a string of corruption charges relating to bribe money and gifts – but he is still on the job.

This morning after Lamoer’s court appearance, Hawks acting head Benny Ntlemeza said the arrests had “saddened” him.

That aside, Lamoer has not been suspended from his top job in the South African Police Service.

Lamoer (55), the provincial commissioner of the Western Cape, was hauled before the Goodwood Magistrates’ Court this morning where he and five others were charged on 109 counts of racketeering, corruption, fraud, contravention of the Firearms Act, obstruction of justice and money laundering.

Lamoer stands accused of accepting bribes including clothes, curry meals and car repair work from Cape Town Towbar owner Salim Dawjee.

SAPS spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that fellow top-ranking officials Stellenbosch cluster commander Brigadier Darius van der Ross, provincial head of inspectorate Brigadier Kolindren Govender, and his wife Logambal, station commander of SAPS Bellville, are believed to have benefited from the scam too.

Dawjee and his son, Zamir, the chief executive of Towbars Cape Town and Tow Bars Kings, were also in the dock at the brief court appearance.

The five accused (excluding Zamir) were released on R5000 bail each and a next court appearance was set for June 12.

They were ordered to hand in their passports and not to make travel arrangements.

Asked about Lamoer’s possible suspension on Friday, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega told the parliamentary portfolio committee on police that an “HR process” still needs to be followed, reports Maryna Lamprecht of Media24’s Parliamentary Bureau.

Phiyega and Lamoer are known to be close. Phiyega was accused of tipping off Lamoer that he was being investigated after Goodwood station commander Hansia Hansraj raised the alarm on festering corruption in the Western Cape police service.

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