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Top cop and co-accused face over 100 charges

Arno Lamoer and his co-accused handed themselves over to police early this morning.

FILE: Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer and his five co-accused are facing 109 charges including corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

They handed themselves over to the Goodwood Police Station early this morning and appeared in court a few hours later, where bail was set at R5,000 each.

Lamoer and three senior police officers, Darius van der Ross, Kolindhren Govender and his wife Sharon allegedly received gifts and cash from Cape Town businessman, Mohamed Saleem Dawjee and his son, Zameer.

In the indictment, the state says the pair paid for rented cars, holiday guest house accommodation, airline tickets and clothes, among other things.

They also bought the Govender's daughter a Renault Clio.

Lamoer and the three officers all benefitted to varying degrees.

The province's top cop received gratifications in excess of R75, 000.

Prosecutor Billy Downer told Magistrate Sean Lea that this case is destined for the High Court. He said the charges were very serious, adding that the corruption totals R1,4 million.

It's alleged the province's top cop received money from Dawjee, who is also reported to have splashed out on expensive gifts for senior police officials in the province.

The case has been postponed to 12 June.

WATCH: WC police chief Lamoer in court

LAMOER HANDS HIMSELF OVER

The province's top cop arrived at the Goodwood Police Station this morning to hand himself over to authorities.

The probe into Lamoer and other top police officials began when Western Cape crime intelligence officers obtained a court order to intercept telephone calls between Lamoer and Dawjee.

Lamoer's phone calls were legally recorded by crime intelligence operatives as part of their probe which could blow the lid on corruption in police in the Western Cape.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) took a decision last year not to criminally charge Phiyega for interfering with the probe.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was drawn into the scandal when it emerged in late 2013 that she had allegedly tipped off Lamoer that he was under investigation.

The National Prosecuting Authority decided not to charge Phiyega for defeating the ends of justice, but recommended an internal police process be carried out to deal with the allegations.

Earlier this month, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko was reportedly still "mulling" over legal advice he received regarding proposed disciplinary action against Phiyega.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) and Member of Parliament's Police Portfolio Commission, Dianne Kohler Barnard, says the charges against Lamoer raise questions over whether Phiyega should ever have been cleared of allegations that she'd tipped off her Western Cape counterpart that he was being investigated.

"He was quite clearly warned by national police commissioner on the recording that he was under investigation, she warned him over and over yet the NPA has seen fit not to charge her while they are charging him and others for relationships with various drug lords."

Meanwhile, the state claims Dawjee received special treatment from police and personally benefitted from his allegedly corrupt relationship with Lamoer and three senior officers.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says the Dawjee's in turn received special treatment from police.

"He was also getting preferential treatment in terms of getting jobs within the South African Police Service."