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Top cop Arno Lamoer hands himself over to police

Lamoer is expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates Court today on various criminal charges.

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

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness

News has learnt that Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer has this morning handed himself over to authorities.

It follows a lengthy investigation by the Hawks into his

allegedly corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman, Mohamed Saleem Dawjee.

Three other senior officers in the province are also under

investigation for their links to the controversial businessman.

It's alleged Lamoer received money from Dawjee, who is also

reported to have splashed out on expensive gifts for police in the province.

Lamoer is expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates

Court today on various criminal charges, including corruption.

A source has confirmed to Eyewitness News that he handed himself over to police a short while

ago.

It's alleged the province's top cop received money from a

Cape Town businessman, who is also reported to have splashed out on expensive

gifts for senior police officials in the province.

The Provincial Director of Public Prosecutions, Rodney de

Kock, has been studying the case files for some time now and speculation was

rife that Lamoer would soon be charged.

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.

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.

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."

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