Arno Lamoer granted R5,000 bail

Lamoer faced charges of corruption and racketeering following a lengthy investigation by the Hawks

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

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer and his co-accused have been granted bail in the Goodwood Magistrates Court on Friday.

Lamoer is accused of having a corrupt relationship with Cape Town businessman, Mohamed Saleem Dawjee, a known South African Police Service (Saps) benefactor, who splashed out on expensive gifts for police in the province.

Three senior police officers are also linked to the businessman and his son, Zameer Dawjee.

Lamoer, Dawjee and the police officers are facing a range of charges including corruption, racketeering and fraud.

Lamoer, senior police officers Darius van der Ross and Kolindhren and Sharon Govender are accused of being in a corrupt relationship with Dawjee and his son, Zameer who is the owner of two tow-bar businesses.

In total they face 109 counts.

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 the 12th of June.

LAMOER HANDS HIMSELF OVER

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

#Breaking Arno #Lamoer is at the Goodwood Police station at this hour. RE pic.twitter.com/4r3MohWvOa

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."