Phiyega: House raid on former intelligence cop not linked to Lamoer

Mzwandile Tiyo was the acting WC crime intelligence head when operatives tapped Arno Lamoer’s phone.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said the house raid on former intelligence cop Mzwandile Tiyo is not linked to the Arno Lamoer case. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said a raid on the home of former crime intelligence boss Mzwandile Tiyo is not linked to the investigation into suspended Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer.

Tiyo's lawyer claims his client is being victimised because he was the acting provincial crime intelligence head when operatives tapped Lamoer's phone.

This led to a probe into Phiyega who allegedly warned Lamoer in a telephone call that he was being investigated for an alleged corrupt relationship with businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee.

Tiyo was removed from his position in January last year.

His position made him the complainant in the case against Phiyega for allegedly defeating the ends of justice.

His lawyer told Eyewitness News the raid on Monday was an act of victimisation, carried out under the pretence of an investigation into whether he was using a false license plate on his car after his vehicle was involved in a collision in 2013.

Phiyega said the raid has nothing to do with the case against Lamoer.

"Those are two independent matters and you would know there was a matter for which there was an arrest for drunken driving and there is an investigation underway. So that process is going ahead and these two processes are unrelated."

On Tuesday, Phiyega said independent investigators will be appointed as part of an internal investigation into Lamoer and three senior officers in the province who were suspended with full pay after being criminally charged last week for crimes including racketeering and corruption.