Former station commander was warned Saleem Dawjee was 'mad’

CT central commander Hansia Hansraj says she first met the businessman through a case involving his nephew five years ago.

FILE: Businessman Saleem Dawjee (L) and his lawyer outisde the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A former Goodwood Police Station commander who exposed alleged corruption between a businessman and senior police officers has taken the stand in the corruption trial of former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

Cape Town central commander Hansia Hansraj was testifying in the trial against Lamoer, fellow officers Darius van der Ross and Sharon and Kolindren Govender, as well as businessman Saleem Dawjee.

They face 109 charges for allegedly accepting cash and gifts from Dawjee in exchange for "special treatment".

It was an illegal gun possession charge against Dawjee's nephew that saw the businessman crossing paths with Hansraj five years ago.

Dawjee had, on many occasions, in 2012 complained to Hansraj that he did not receive information from police about the case.

Despite the fact that the 2007 case was dropped, Dawjee apparently continued to hound police officers, which made Hansraj suspicious about his motives.

Hansraj also told the court Dawjee had invited her to breakfast at his house with two of the accused and then Community Safety MEC Lennit Max.

She says she was warned by some within the police not to get involved with Dawjee because "he was mad".

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)