‘Smear campaign’ against Lamoer associate

Businessman Mohamed Salim Dawjee has denied having a corrupt relationship with Lamoer.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The businessman at the centre of a corruption scandal involving Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer on Tuesday said the allegations are a smear campaign by a handful of senior police officers.

Mohamed Salim Dawjee is accused of having a corrupt relationship with Lamoer.

The Hawks have been investigating the pair.

Dawjee denies having a corrupt relationship with Lamoer, who he regards as a long-time friend.

"His kids are like my own children."

He says the allegations are part of a smear campaign initiated by the commander of a police station in the northern suburbs and her romantic partner.

Dawjee said the trouble started when he complained about the commander's poor service delivery in 2012.

Ever since then, she has been trying to disgrace him.

"The police are the mafia. Don't challenge any police, you are going to lose - that's for anybody in this country."

Dawjee does not hide the fact that he donated money to the SAPS.

Certificates of appreciation are proudly on show near the entrance of one of his businesses, Towbars Cape.

Lamoer says he has known about the investigation against him since July 2012.

He refuses to be drawn into the debacle, referring all questions to his superiors.