Lamoer trial: Senior SAPS members 'tried to bury investigation'

Former Goodwood station commander Hansia Hansraj is testifying in the Western Cape High Court where former provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer is on trial with four others.

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

CAPE TOWN - A whistleblower police officer has told a court that senior South African Police Service members tried to bury her investigation into an alleged corrupt relationship between a businessman and senior Western Cape cops.

Former Goodwood station commander Hansia Hansraj is testifying in the Western Cape High Court where former provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer is on trial with four others.

Lamoer along with businessman Saleem Dawjee as well as brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Sharon and Kolindren Govender face 109 charges including corruption and racketeering.

Hansraj, who's now Cape Town central station commander, has told the court she felt alone and could not trust anyone in the SAPS with her investigation.

She testified she was warned by several seniors to drop the case.

Hansraj also claims the head of the inspectorate told her that she was "a little girl in the service and she was messing with big fish", a statement she perceived as a threat.

She also says junior officers did not want to come forward, fearing they would be victimised.

The matter was eventually taken up by another senior member who referred Hansraj's report to the Hawks.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)