Policing unaffected by allegations: MEC

By Drum Digital
29 October 2013

Police operations in the Western Cape are unaffected by corruption allegations against provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer.

Police operations in the Western Cape are unaffected by corruption allegations against provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer, community safety MEC Dan Plato said on Tuesday. Plato met senior police managers on Tuesday. Lamoer was not at the meeting. "A delegation of deputy commissioners have assured me that policing is stable and continues unaffected," Plato said in a statement. The allegations relate to newspaper reports that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega told Lamoer on three occasions that she was aware he was under investigation. According to the Sunday Independent, the telephone conversations were legally recorded by crime intelligence operatives monitoring Lamoer's calls. He was allegedly associated with a Cape Town drug-dealer and well-known businessman. In the conversations Phiyega reportedly made Lamoer aware of similar allegations by Hawks' boss Anwa Dramat.

According to the report, the disclosures outraged crime intelligence operatives, who had threatened to lay criminal charges against Phiyega.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate confirmed on Friday that it had received allegations of defeating the ends of justice against Phiyega.

Phiyega denied the allegations.

She said she had not been formally informed of the case of defeating the ends of justice against her, but was aware of the allegations.

-by Sapa

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