Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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Former brigadier Darius van der Ross, who was convicted for corruption in May alongside ex-top cop Arno Lamoer and two others, has been released on parole.
Retired Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer, his longstanding businessman friend Saleem Dawjee and two former police officials, are to spend the weekend at home before applying for leave to appeal their jail sentences.
A Western Cape High Court judge says she finds it hard to believe that retired provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer and two former police officials would not have known they were involved in corruption.
Businessman Saleem Dawjee and former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer have received an effective six years in jail for corruption, while their co-accused have received lesser jail terms.
Sentencing proceedings in the corruption, racketeering and money laundering trial of former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and four others will continue next month.
According to IPID's statistics, there was a total of 540 consolidated cases of reported corruption within the SAPS in the period between 2007 and 2012.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed the conviction of former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer.
Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer has pleaded guilty to one charge in a corruption, money laundering and racketeering trial against him.
The corruption, racketeering and money laundering trial of former top cop Arno Lamoer and four others has been postponed.
A senior police commander, who investigated former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and his co-accused, has told the High Court of the challenges he faced probing his colleagues.
Retired Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and two former police officials, who have been convicted of corruption, are not going to appeal their sentences.
The South African Police Union has welcomed the prison sentences imposed on former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and other senior police officers, albeit "with a heavy heart".
Two former high-ranking police officials, retired Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and his friend of more than 25 years, businessman Saleem Dawjee, are spending their first night behind bars.
The State says a group of police officers and a businessman found guilty of corruption have shown regret and acknowledged wrongdoing.
Saleem Dawjee, who has been convicted of corruption alongside former Western Cape top cop Arno Lamoer, is a law-abiding citizen who simply fell off a cliff, the Western Cape Court has heard.
Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and his co-accused say the NPA reneged on a plea deal, in terms of which they bargained for non-custodial sentences.
Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer has been found guilty of corruption in the Western Cape High Court.
Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer, who is on trial for corruption along with four others, may negotiate with the State and admit to certain charges.
Crime intelligence operatives might stake out targets, secretly listen to conversations and clandestinely collect information in the harshest of conditions, but one thing they do not do is testify in court.
An unlicensed gun that was discovered in a raid on a Cape Town woman's house, and allegedly sold on with help from a top police officer, has been the focus in the trial-within-a-trial of former police commissioner Arno Lamoer.
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