Arno Lamoer, co-accused to stand trial from 18 April

The former Western Cape top cop and his 4 co-accused face 109 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

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

CAPE TOWN – A trial date has been set in a corruption case against former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer and his co-accused.

Lamoer, Darius van der Ross, Sharon and Kolindren Govender and businessman Mohammed Salim Dawjee appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing.

They face 109 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

The trial will start on 18 April.

Both the State and defence have indicated they are ready to proceed.

All of the witnesses were present at today’s pre-trial hearing.

The prosecution has asked Judge Robert Henney to subpoena them to be available for trial proceedings.

Lamoer and his co-accused, some of whom were police officers, are accused of taking money and expensive gifts from businessman Saleem Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

Earlier this year it emerged that Lamoer and his co-accused could have more property frozen if it’s found they have not disclosed all their assets.

When the five accused appeared in court in January, it emerged a provisional order to attach their assets was granted to the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) in November.

The order covers just over R1.5 million of the accused’s assets, the bulk of it from Sharon and Kolindren Govender.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)