‘We are finalising Lamoer’s suspension letter’

Lamoer and his five co-accused are accused of receiving gifts and cash from a businessman and his son.

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

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer will soon be served with a notice paving the way for his suspension.

Lamoer will reputedly be put through an internal disciplinary process after he and three senior police officers were criminally charged today for a range of crimes including corruption and racketeering.

They are accused of receiving gifts and cash from a Cape Town businessman and his son.

Lamoer and his five co-accused appeared in the Goodwood Magistrates Court today.

He is currently on leave, and soon he and colleagues, Darius van der Ross, Kolindhren and Sharon Govender will be served with notices.

A disciplinary process is expected to follow.

National police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says suspension letters are almost ready.

"We are busy finalising those letters now. The national commissioner will then make an announcement as to how the disciplinary processes are going to unfold."

Makgale says Major General Thembisile Patekile has been appointed to act in Lamoer's post until further notice.

Eyewitness News understands National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is expected to announce Lamoer's suspension next week.

Lamoer is known to be close to Phiyega, who was drawn into the corruption scandal in 2013 when it emerged she warned Lamoer that he was under investigation.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says Phiyega was cleared by police watchdog Ipid.

"We are not even involving the National Commissioner. The investigation was done by Ipid and she was cleared, the National Prosecuting Authority as well declined to prosecute."

Mulaudzi says investigators have been working tirelessly on this case since 2012.

The investigation started when the station commander of the Goodwood Police Station blew the whistle on festering corruption in the service.

Lamoer and his co-accused were granted R5,000 bail each, and are expected back in court in June.

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