Top cop Lamoer’s 2nd pre-trial hearing around the corner

Arno Lamoer & three officials were suspended following their arrest on a raft of criminal charges.

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

CAPE TOWN - Suspended Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer will soon be out of a job.

His boss Riah Phiyega's office has confirmed his contract won't be renewed when it expires in two months.

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

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

Lamoer and his co-accused are expected to appear in the Western Cape High court later this month for a second pre-trial hearing.

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.

Lamoer's legal team, meanwhile, has applied for the records of the undercover operation that exposed his alleged dodgy dealings with Dawjee.

This includes intercepted phone calls.

Crime Intelligence operatives began monitoring Lamoer after receiving a tip-off.

Lawyers involved in this case expect the trial to take up to six months.