Hawks financial investigator to continue testifying in Lamoer case

Lamoer, Brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Sharon and Kolindren Govender and businessman Salim Dawjee have pleaded not guilty to 109 charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

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CAPE TOWN - A Hawks financial investigator will continue to lead evidence in trial against former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and four others.

Lamoer, Brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Sharon and Kolindren Govender and businessman Salim Dawjee have pleaded not guilty to 109 charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

The officers allegedly accepted money and expensive gifts from Dawjee, amounting to about R1,6 million in exchange for special treatment.

The State's first witness, captain Wynand Wessels from the Hawks' financial investigation unit, has testified that Lamoer received money and gifts from Dawjee amounting to more than R75,000.

He showed the court copies of cheques and bank statements to verify the testimony.

Wessels will continue leading evidence about alleged gratification the co-accused received from the businessman.

According to the indictment, van der Ross, who was the Bellville police cluster commander at the time, received R7,000 from Dawjee.

Brigadiers Kolindren and Sharon Govender allegedly received gifts and payments worth more than R1,5 million in total.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)