Money delays Cape top cops' corruption trial

2016-08-13 07:20
Suspended provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer outside the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Suspended provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer outside the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - The pre-trial hearing of three of former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer’s co-accused was postponed in the Cape Town High Court on Friday.

They still needed to make arrangements to pay their lawyer.

Lamoer and three brigadiers - Darius van der Ross, Sharon Govender and her husband, Colin Govender, together with businessman Salim Dawjee face 109 charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering involving R1.6m.

The high-ranking officers allegedly received cash and expensive gifts from Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

Lamoer was appointed to the post in November 2010 and retired in November 2015. He had been in the service for 25 years.

The court on Friday heard that Van der Ross and the Govenders would pay their lawyer Pete Mihalik with money to be taken from their pensions.

According to the State, Van der Ross and Sharon Govender had not resigned from the police and there was no prospect of their pensions being made available for legal fees.

Preparations for the trial could thus not be settled yet.

Colin Govender’s pension was paid out in May.

Mihalik was instructed to prepare a report for the court explaining how his clients intended to pay him.

The pre-trial hearing was postponed to October 21.

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