Delay in securing funds stalls corruption trial against Lamoer & co

While Lamoer is able to pay his legal fees, his co-accused are trying to sort out their finances.

General Arno Lamoer checks his phone outside the Western Cape High Court for his pre-trial conference. Lamoer and three police officials and the Dawjee men face 109 charges between them, including fraud and corruption. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has heard that a delay in securing funds to pay lawyers' fees is stalling the start of the corruption trial of former provincial top cop Arno Lamoer and his co-accused.

While Lamoer is able to pay his own way, his co-accused, three senior police officers are trying to sort out their finances.

Together they stand accused of allegedly receiving cash and expensive gifts from Cape Town businessman Mohammed Saleem Dawjee.

They appeared in court this morning for a pre-trial hearing, the fourth since the case was referred to the high court.

Lamoer's co-accused lost their bid to get the State to foot their legal bills.

Brigadier Kolindren Govender has resigned from the police service so that he can cash in his pension to pay his legal bills, the court heard today.

Resignation is also on the cards for his co-accused Darius Van der Ross.

Defence lawyers are also waiting for the state to send them the transcripts of secretly recorded telephone conversations.

Crime intelligence officials had tapped the police officers' phones before they were arrested in April last year

Unhappy with the delay, Judge Robert Henney postponed the matter for another pre-trial hearing in August.