Arno Lamoer case: Prosecution ready to proceed

Three of Arno Lamoer's co-accused are however still trying to find the funds to pay their legal bills.

FILE: Suspended Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer make his sway into Goodwood Magistrates Court to sit for his trial. He was charged with 109 counts including corruption and fraud. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution in suspended Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer's corruption case says it's ready for trial but three of Lamoer's co-accused are still trying to find the funds to pay their legal bills.

Lamoer, three Brigadiers, a Cape Town businessman and his son appeared in the Western Cape High Court today for a pre-trial conference.

Together they are facing 109 charges.

Lamoer, Kolindren Govender, his wife Sharon and their colleague Darius van der Ross allegedly received cash and expensive gifts from Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

Prosecutor Billy Downer told the court on Friday he is able to call up to 30 witnesses to testify.

Lawyers believe the trial could run for up to six months.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has told the implicated officers that the state won't be paying their legal bills, a decision they are challenging.

Lamoer wouldn't comment about being denied the services of the State attorney.

"Then you have to ask the State attorney not me."

The accused will return to court on 23 October for a second pre-trial conference.