Lamoer ‘fully aware’ of corruption probe

Arno Lamoer says he has been aware of a probe into him since Riah Phiyega was appointed.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News has learnt Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has known about an investigation into his actions since July last year.

It's claimed Lamoer is being investigated for having a corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman and that National Police Chief Riah Phiyega tipped him off about the probe.

Police management took the approach that he could only be suspended if there was a prima facie case against him.

Lamoer is refusing to speak about allegations that he has a corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman.

The businessman, whose identity is known to Eyewitness News , has donated money to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the past.

Suspended acting Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) boss Chris Ngcobo instructed his officers in Cape Town to open a case against Phiyega after listening to a phone conversation between her and Lamoer.

Ngcobo was placed on special leave earlier this month for discrepancies with his academic qualifications.

Phiyega is now facing charges of defeating the ends of justice.

Her office says accusations that she tipped Lamoer off about the investigation are part of a campaign by the CIU to discredit her.

She has denied any wrongdoing and has said she was discussing the case with the senior officer only to be able to provide answers to questions in Parliament.

Neither Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa nor Phiyega have provided further comment on the charges against her.

Added to this, the ANC has challenged those with evidence to come forward.

But opposition parties are calling for Phiyega to be suspended while being investigated.