Arno Lamoer trial hits a snag

The top cop and others are accused of accepting cash and gifts worth R1.6m from a businessman in exchange for special treatment.

FILE: Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The corruption trial of former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and others hit a snag on Tuesday after one of the accused apparently fell ill.

Lamoer along with businessman Saleem Dawjee, former SA Police Service brigadiers Darius van der Ross as well as Sharon and Kilindren Govender face 109 charges in the Western Cape High Court.

The former police officers are accused of accepting cash and gifts worth R1.6 million from Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

Dawjee was present in the courtroom with the other accused but he left before the hearing officially began.

It emerged that Dawjee had taken ill and had gone to the emergency room for tests.

A certificate from a physician, read in court by prosecutor Billy Downer, revealed that the businessman had diabetes.

He’s been booked off for Tuesday and possibly two other days pending the outcome of the tests.

The matter has been provisionally postponed until Thursday.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)