Phiyega suspends Lamoer & three senior officers

The police commissioner says an internal SAPS process will look into the WC top cop's conduct.

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

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has confirmed in Parliament today that she has officially suspended Western Cape Police Chief Arno Lamoer and three of his senior police officers.

They are facing more than a hundred charges including racketeering and corruption.

The four were served with notices of intention to suspend them over the weekend after appearing in the Goodwood Magistrates court on Friday.

Phiyega briefed the police portfolio committee today on the scandal involving Lamoer.

She says an internal South African Police Service (SAPS) process will look at his conduct.

"In instances where we are having such situations, there's a very clear protocol in the police. We notify the members of our intentions to suspend, we give them the opportunity to respond, we suspend, and then we investigate. The suspension doesn't mean any person is guilty."

Phiyega says Lamoer's process of investigation will differ from that of the three officials.

"There are two processes. He's a provincial commissioner, so his process is very different from the process that will be followed with the other members."

Lamoer and three other senior police officials in the province are accused of receiving expensive gifts and money from Cape Town businessman, Mohamed Saleem Dawjee.

Dawjee in turn benefited from his allegedly corrupt relationship with the province's top cop.

On Friday, 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.

Lamoer handed himself over to authorities and was later granted R5,000 bail.