Former WC top cop Lamoer denies corrupt relationship with businessman

He faces corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges along with Salim Dawjee and three co-accused.

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

CAPE TOWN - Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer has vehemently denied having a corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman, whom he's known for more than two decades.

He faces corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges along with Salim Dawjee and three co-accused.

The officers are believed to have accepted money and expensive gifts from Dawjee between 2011 and 2013, in exchange for preferential treatment.

All five accused have pleaded not guilty to the 109 charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering involving R1.6 million.

Lamoer admits he did receive gifts and money from Dawjee, whom he refers to as “his best friend”, and has known for more than two decades.

The State alleges that Lamoer and three other high-ranking police members financially benefitted from their alleged corrupt relationship with Dawjee.

Lamoer has admitted to receiving more than R75,000 worth of gifts and money from his friend over a period of time but insists it was not in the form of gratification to advance Dawjee’s business or personal interests.

Lamoer says the first sum of money he received from his friend and co-accused was a wedding gift to his daughter.

The former provincial police commissioner says other monetary payments he received from the businessman were loans.

These loans had no fixed terms according to Lamoer, and he claims to have had a gentleman's agreement with Dawjee that the money would be repaid on demand should the need arise.

Lamoer continues to deny all the allegations against him and reiterates that all the money he received from accused number one were not received with the intention to commit any of the offences they stand accused of.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)