‘Lamoer gave me a hiding’ - claim surfaces in court

2017-05-24 18:08
Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer arrives at the High Court for what is expected to be the start of his corruption trial. (Caryn Dolley, News24)

Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer arrives at the High Court for what is expected to be the start of his corruption trial. (Caryn Dolley, News24)

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Cape Town - A businessman at the centre of former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer's corruption trial apparently told a senior officer that the top cop gave him "a hiding" following a police operation at a club.
 
The "hiding" was not detailed, but is understood to have been in the form of a tongue lashing.
 
This emerged in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday while Brigadier Hansia Hansraj, the former station commander for the Goodwood police, was testifying.
 
Hansraj had in 2012 launched an inquiry into apparent cosy relationships between businessman Salim Dawjee, Lamoer and some of his colleagues.
 
Dawjee, Lamoer and three brigadiers - Darius van der Ross, Sharon Govender and her husband Colin Govender - face 109 charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering involving R1.6m.
 
Dawjee allegedly paid the police officials in exchange for "special favours".

Firearms and ammunition

Some of the charges they face relate to criminal activity around firearms and ammunition.
 
They have all pleaded not guilty.
 
On Wednesday Hansraj, who was under cross-examination, was asked about a police operation carried out in September 2012.
 
This operation had been carried out at Club 151 in Goodwood and Dawjee's business Cape Tow Bars.
 
Dawjee's son Zameer had met with Hansraj because he was unhappy about the operation as some staff members had been searched.
 
Hansraj said Dawjee had said he was not aware of the operation, but had then referred to it.

"He said: 'I got a call from General Lamoer who has given me a hiding on this operation.'"

Dawjee denied saying this.
 
Insult

But Hansra said she had evidence to prove that he did.

"He is lying," she said.
 
Earlier on Wednesday, she was questioned about the relationship between Van der Ross and Dawjee.
 
It emerged that Dawjee had once called Van der Ross "a bosman".
 
The court heard that Van der Ross had felt this was a reference to his heritage and his links to the Obikwa clan.
 
Van der Ross, who was proud to be a bushman, had felt as if this reference had been an insult to him.
 
The court heard that for the 2012/2013 period, Hansraj had won a station commander award.

It was put to her that she had attributed the win to the staff with which she worked.
 
Hansraj testified that it was not a result of Van der Ross' work.
 
At that stage Van der Ross had been the cluster commander for the area.

"I am not going to give him the credit for that; if he wants that credit as he usually wants credit," Hansraj said.
 
The trial continues.

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