Western Cape gets new acting top cop to replace Lamoer

2015-04-17 17:44
Arno Lamoer. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - Major General Thembisile Patekile was appointed as acting Western Cape police commissioner on Friday, following the court appearance of Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer on charges of corruption and racketeering.

National commissioner General Riah Phiyega said in a statement that Lamoer had already applied for leave from Friday and, in accordance with the police’s disciplinary code, will be served with notices.

“Between Major General Patekile and the three other deputies, they boast approximately 120 years of policing experience. We are confident that they will steer the ship in the right direction.

“All crime prevention and investigation initiatives will continue uninterrupted in the Western Cape. We reaffirm our commitment to fighting crime and creating a safe society,” said Phiyega.

Lamoer and three other senior officers appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Friday for allegedly accepting bribes from businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee.

In the statement, Phiyega also addressed allegations that she had tipped off Lamoer about the investigations into him.

“We would like to emphasise that an investigation was conducted and that the National Prosecuting Authority, after reviewing the matter, had already taken a decision not to prosecute General Phiyega.

“In a media statement released at the time, the [police] indicated that the National Commissioner confirmed that she had not initiated a conversation with Lieutenant General Lamoer, but that a conversation arose as a result of a question by a DA member of Parliament, to which the [police] was obliged to draft a response.”

Lamoer is said to appear in court again on June 12.

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