Phiyega has still not suspended Lamoer

2015-04-17 11:12
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Cape Town – Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer has not been officially suspended yet, despite appearing in court on Friday on several charges including fraud and money laundering.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega told the parliamentary portfolio committee on police on Friday that an "HR process" still needs to be followed.

Lamoer and three of his senior officers, Brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Sharon Govender, her husband, Colin Govender and Cape businessman Salim Dawjee, reported themselves to the Goodwood police station on Friday morning before appearing in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court.

The charges against them - fraud, corruption, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice - came after a Hawks investigation into allegations that Lamoer and Dawjee had a corrupt relationship. Dawjee allegedly gave money and gifts to the four senior police officers.

Bail of R5 000 was granted on Friday. A high court date has been set for June 12.

'Without fear or favour'

Phiyega told the committee the Lamoer matter was "highly regrettable".

"Our business is crime. It doesn't matter where the crime is happening - outside or inside the police - we as police handle all matters the same."

She assured the committee that the police would act "without fear or favour".

"We will make sure to support all processes. If there is crime it has to be dealt with.

"The law must take its course."

Hot water

Phiyega is herself facing possible action because she allegedly warned Lamoer about the investigation into him and that his phone conversations were being tapped.

A complaint was then laid against Phiyega with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), which handed over a report about this to the National Prosecuting Authority, but no action has been taken against Phiyega.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman expressed concern over the Lamoer matter.

"We trust the police commissioner will take the necessary steps to ensure there is stability in that sphere," he said.

Read more on:    arno lamoer  |  riah phiyega  |  cape town  |  corruption  |  crime

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