W. Cape police boss to be probed

2013-10-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The national minister of police will be requested to investigate allegations surrounding Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer, police commissioner in the Western Cape.

Lamoer’s friendship with an alleged crime boss and allegations of bribery are currently being investigated by the Hawks and the crime intelligence unit.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato yesterday said Lamoer was still working in his post and that he would meet with Lamoer today to get clarity on the situation.

“I had asked the general for information on the allegations,” Plato said. “These rumours are not at all good for the police in the Western Cape.”

Plato said in view of the drug and gang problems in the province, the situation could not be allowed to continue.

He will also in his police oversight role ask Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to investigate the allegations. The ACDP has added its voice to that of Plato.

The investigations into Lamoer’s affairs came to light after DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard, the party’s spokesperson on police, last week asked Mthethwa a question in Parliament after she was tipped off.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega has been charged at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) with defeating the ends of justice after she had allegedly alerted Lamoer at least three times on the investigations against him.

Phiyega said she had done nothing wrong.

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