Former WC top cop's assets seized in corruption case

Arno Lamoer and his co-accused appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.

Former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has seized the assets of former Western Cape cop Arno Lamoer and his co-accused in their corruption trial.

Lamoer and four others appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.

Lamoer and three other police officers, some of whom have resigned from the South African Police Service, are alleged to have accepted cash and expensive gifts from businessman Saleem Dawjee in exchange for favours.

The high court heard that a provisional order to attach the accused's assets was granted in November following an application by the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

It is understood that the AFU wants R1.3 million from co-accused Kolindren and Sharon Govender.

Just over R100,000 is owed to the unit by Dawjee.

Lamoer has apparently offered to pay the attached cash amount, but he is yet to do so.

Some of the lawyers representing the accused have complained that because their assets are frozen they've been unable to pay their legal bills.

But the AFU says only limited amounts fall under the order and have indicated that money is available for them through a curator.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)