Phiyega confirms Lamoer’s contract won’t be renewed

Embattled provincial top cop Arno Lamoer’s contract expires in two months.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's office has confirmed embattled provincial top cop Arno Lamoer's contract will not be renewed.

Lamoer and three senior police officers were suspended in April following their arrest on a raft of criminal charges.

They allegedly received cash and expensive gifts from Cape Town businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

Lamoer's contract expires in two months.

A spokesperson for his boss, Phiyega, has confirmed his contract won't be renewed.

Lamoer and his co-accused are to stand trial in the Western Cape High Court.

While the state has indicated it's ready to proceed, a trial is only expected to get underway sometime next year because of the financial woes of Lamoer's colleagues and the availability of lawyers, in the event of a protracted trial.

Brigadier Kolindhren Govender, his wife Sharon and colleague Darius van der Ross, also both brigadiers, have been denied the services of the State attorney, whose office handles civil and criminal litigation cases instituted against state officials.

A second pre-trial hearing is scheduled for later this month.