Western Cape top cop faces corruption charge

2015-04-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer, the Western Cape police commissioner, faces criminal prosecution.

Beeld understands that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided to charge him with corruption and racketeering.

A senior NPA source said the Western Cape office will sign off on the decision to prosecute Lamoer soon and he will then be officially summonsed to court. Another two senior NPA sources confirmed the decision.

The Hawks and members of the crime intelligence unit in the Western Cape began to investigate Lamoer’s alleged relationship with notorious Cape Town businessman Salim Dawjee almost a year ago.

Dawjee allegedly gave money and gifts to senior police officers and it is alleged there is a corrupt relationship between Lamoer and Dawjee.

The Hawks’ investigation has expanded to take in another three senior officers — brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Sharon Govender and her husband Brigadier Colin Govender.

It is not clear whether the other three officers will also be charged, but apparently Dawjee at least will also face charges if Lamoer goes to court.

Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions advocate Rodney de Kock said via a spokesperson he cannot comment on “internal processes” of the NPA before they are finalised.

“We will inform the public when the office has made a decision,” said NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

Lamoer’s office did not react to a request for comment yesterday.

According to a senior source close to the investigation, Lamoer allegedly applied to take early retirement.

The source said he understands that the office of the DPP has been busy for the past month with the docket.

Warning statements were taken last year from Van der Ross and the Govenders. According to the source, not much was in these statements, but the three were given notice of the investigation and undertook to speak in court.

However, Lamoer chose not to make a warning statement, the source said.

A charge of obstruction of justice was previously made against national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega because she allegedly warned Lamoer that the crime intelligence unit was watching him and listening to his phone calls as part of the investigation.

Members of the unit were allegedly furious with Phiyega and laid a charge with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). The NPA later decided she had no case to answer.

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