WC police commisioner's suspension imminent

EWN understands it's just a matter of time before Riah Phiyega suspends Arno Lamoer.

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

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News understands it's just a matter of time before National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega suspends the Western Cape's embattled police commissioner Arno Lamoer after he was served with a notice of an intention to suspend him at the weekend.

The province's top cop and five co-accused are facing more than 100 charges which include corruption and racketeering.

His co-accused includes three senior police officers, a controversial Cape Town businessman and his son.

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

Lamoer is currently on leave and he has appointed Major-General Thembisile Patekile to act in his position until further notice.

Lamoer and three senior officers received notices of intention to suspend them over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Phiyega, who in 2013 warned Lamoer that he was under investigation, could still be in trouble for tipping him off.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last year decided not to pursue a charge of defeating the ends of justice against Phiyega.

They instead recommended an internal investigation to probe the allegations.