WC top cop's co-accused: I was targeted

A businessman is implicated in a corruption scandal along with Western Cape top cop Arno Lamoer.

Cape Town businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee on 12 June 2015. Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town businessman, who has been implicated in a corruption scandal along with suspended Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer, maintains he is innocent.

Mohamed Salim Dawjee appeared in the Goodwood Magistrates Court this morning alongside Lamoer and four others, where the criminal case against them was postponed to 28 August for a pre-trial hearing.

He said he's done nothing wrong.

"This is not about me. I am targeted unfortunately because I was asked to turn state witness. I suppose they don't want coloureds to run the province of the Western Cape. That's my view."

The case has been transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer (left) outside the Goodwood Magistrates Court.

Lamoer, along with his co-accused, face 109 charges including corruption, fraud, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.

The top cop handed himself over to authorities in April following a lengthy investigation into his alleged corrupt relationship with Dawjee.

Dawjee and his son Zameer allegedly bribed Lamoer and three senior police officers, Darius van der Ross, Kolindhren Govender and his wife Sharon.

Dawjee's son Zameer is one of the co-accused.

Dawjee allegedly gave the suspended officers expensive gifts and cash.

In the indictment, the state said the pair paid for rented cars, holiday guest house accommodation, airline tickets and clothes, among other things.

They also bought the Govender's daughter a Renault Clio.

Images by Thomas Holder/EWN.