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'I’m ready to stand trial'

The former WC Commissioner’s corruption case has been postponed to 6 May for another pre-trial conference.

General Arno Lamoer checks his phone outside the Western Cape High Court for his pre-trial conference. Lamoer and three police officials and the Dawjee men face 109 charges between them, including fraud and corruption. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - Former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says he wants his corruption case dealt with because his legal troubles are taking a toll on his family.

The Western Cape High Court has yet to set a trial date because of an application for state funding initiated by three of Lamoer’s co-accused.

The three Brigadiers are challenging the National Police Commissioner’s decision to deny them legal representation at the state’s expense.

The accused appeared in court today for a pre-trial conference.

The former commissioner retired in November last year after his contract was not renewed.

Lamoer and his former colleagues in the police service Kolindren and Sharon Govender and Darius van der Ross allegedly received cash and expensive gifts from businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

The accused were arrested in April last year.

Lamoer says he is ready to stand trial.

“It’s important that this thing comes to an end. We can’t continue postponing. We are ready for trial so we want this to end now.”

Next Friday Lawyers representing the Govenders and van der Ross will go to court to force the state to pay the police officers’ legal bills.

The corruption case has been postponed to 6 May for another pre-trial conference.

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