Cops hold their tongues on WC spat

Cape cops refuse to speak about a bitter spat linked to the Arno Lamoer scandal.

Cape cops have refused to speak about a bitter spat that's linked to a scandal involving Arno Lamoer. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Provincial police officials have refused to speak about a bitter spat in the South African Police Service (SAPS) that is linked to the corruption scandal involving Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

Lamoer's relationship with businessman Saliem Dawjee, who is a SAPS benefactor, is being investigated by the Hawks.

Goodwood Police Station Commander Hansia Asaram called for the inquiry last year because she was suspicious about the pair's relationship.

Asaram complained to her superiors about Bellville Cluster Commander Darius van der Ross, who is also seen to be close to Dawjee.

In a grievance report, she said she no longer trusted him.

In what has become a tit-for-tat spat, Van der Ross complained to his bosses about Asaram.

In his own report, he says his cluster was being divided by the spat.

But provincial police officials won't confirm whether they have received any complaints and say it's an internal matter.