Lamoer 'associate' wants probe

Saliem Dawjee wants a probe into allegations ‘conjured’ up against him.

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

CAPE TOWN - The businessman at the centre of a corruption scandal involving Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has complained to National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa about being harassed.

Mohamed Saliem Dawjee, a South African Police Service (SAPS) benefactor, has denied he has a corrupt relationship with Lamoer.

Eyewitness News is in possession of a letter Dawjee wrote, which asks Phiyega to launch an investigation into a handful of senior police officials, whom he says have conjured up allegations against him.

Dawjee says a station commander in the northern suburbs and her romantic partner, who works for police intelligence, are behind the smear campaign against him.

"I attacked the wrong person, I attacked the most powerful woman and man in the Western Cape."

He says the trouble started in 2012 when he complained about the station's poor service delivery.

Several senior police officers, including the Bellville Cluster Commander, have been dragged into the scandal, which points to infighting in the SAPS.

Dawjee wrote to Phiyega and Mthethwa last month complaining about being harassed by the station commander and her allies.

He accused them of abusing their power, saying it was leading to a political feud in the province.

But the National Police Commissioner is also in trouble with authorities as she allegedly tipped off Lamoer that his relationship with Dawjee was being investigated by the Hawks.