Independent investigators to probe Arno Lamoer

Riah Phiyega announced that Lamoer and his five co-accused have been suspended with full pay.

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

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Tuesday said independent investigators will be appointed as part of an internal investigation into suspended Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer and three senior officers in the province.

Phiyega on Tuesday announced they have been suspended with full pay after being criminally charged last week for crimes including racketeering and corruption.

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

It's alleged they received expensive gifts and money from controversial Cape Town businessman, Mohammed Saleem Dawjee.

Should the probe find Lamoer has a case to answer to, a board of inquiry will be set up to look into the matter.

Phiyega said, "There are two different processes, one is a provincial commissioner so his process is very different from the process that will be followed with the other members, but all investigations will go through."

When asked by Eyewitness News whether Phiyega regrets tipping Lamoer off about the investigation into him in 2013, she said, "I always talk with all my members so I don't regret talking to any of my members when it comes to issues of business operation."

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last year decided not to push ahead with charges of defeating the ends of justice against Phiyega but recommended an internal South African Police Service (Saps) process deal with the matter.

Last week, Lamoer and his five co-accused handed themselves over to the Goodwood Police Station and appeared in court a few hours later, where bail was set at R5,000 each.