Lamoer trial expected to get underway

Former Western Cape police commissioner Lamoer will go on trial along with four others and they face about 109 charges.

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

CAPE TOWN - The corruption trial against former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and his co-accused gets underway in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Lamoer will go on trial along with four others.

They face 109 charges.

The State alleges that Lamoer and Brigadiers Darius van der Ross as well as Kolindren and Sharon Govender received a series of payments and gifts from businessman Salim Dawjee.

The State believes Dawjee did this to influence the four ranking officers to use their positions to advance their personal and business interests.

Dawjee is believed to have given police officers numerous gifts in the form of cheques, cash, payments for rented cars, payments for holiday accommodation and airline tickets.

He is also alleged to have bought a vehicle for Brigadier Kolindren and Sharon Govender’s daughter.

Witnesses in the matter were subpoenaed in March, most of them officers.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)