Top brass under fire in the W Cape

2013-11-10 08:24

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Cape Town - Senior Western Cape police officers are being probed for corruption, racketeering and money-laundering, while a local businessman, known for his generosity, appears to be at the centre of the scandal.

According to the Sunday Times, Mohamed Salim Dawjee, a Goodwood businessman, is known for plying cops with gifts and money.  Dawjee is also linked to Western Cape commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer who is currently being investigated by the Hawks.

This comes after national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega made headlines after an Independent Complaints Directorate investigation was launched into her alleged action in tipping off Lamoer over the investigation into him.

The Sunday Independent recently reported that Phiyega told Lamoer on three occasions that she was aware he was under investigation.

Drug dealer connections

According to the newspaper, these telephone conversations were legally recorded by crime intelligence operatives monitoring Lamoer's calls after allegedly showing that he was 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.

The newspaper reported that its sister newspaper, The Sunday Tribune, had heard the taped conversations.

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

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