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WC police spat deepens

Two Cape Town police commanders are at loggerheads regarding the Arno Lamoer debacle.

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

CAPE TOWN - The scandal involving Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has fuelled a spat between two senior commanders in Cape Town's northern suburbs.

Lamoer's relationship with businessman Saliem Dawjee, a South African Police Service (SAPS) benefactor, is being investigated by the Hawks.

Goodwood Police Station Commander Hansia Asaram called for an inquiry in 2012 because she was suspicious about the relationship between the two.

She raised her concerns after Dawjee complained to Asaram's bosses about her poor service delivery as head of the Goodwood station.

But in a grievance report written in July this year, Asaram says she initiated the corruption inquiry because she was being harassed by Dawjee who she said was too involved in police business.

She also complained about Bellville Cluster Commander Darius van der Ross's behaviour.

Van der Ross is seen to be close to Dawjee.

Asaram says she no longer trusts van der Ross.

But in what has become a tit-for-tat spat, van der Ross hit back in his own report to his superiors saying it has become clear that he too is the target of an investigation by the Hawks.

He says his cluster is being divided by this spat.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has also been dragged into the scandal.

She got into trouble after allegedly tipping off Lamoer that he was being investigated by the Hawks.

Phiyega is now being probed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.