LATEST- Former Western Cape top cop found guilty of corruption

CAPE TOWN. Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer at the Khayelitsha commission 01 April 2014.Pic:Trevor Samson/ Business Day

CAPE TOWN- Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer has been found guilty of corruption in the Western Cape High Court late on Monday.

The judgement in the huge corruption, money laundering and racketeering trial against him was delivered on and Lamoer did plead guilty earlier this month of a corruption charge.

Along with the former Western Cape minister, a tow truck company Salim Dawjee, brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Sharon Govender and her husband Colin Govender, were also accused in the trial.

They all faced 109 corruption charges involving R1.6m, Dawjee allegedly paid them for favours or gifts by covering some of their fuel, clothing and travel costs.

Last Tuesday Dawjee was found guilty of fraud and corruption, Sharon Govender was acquitted of all charges against her, her husband was found guilty of corruption and Van Der Ross was too found guilty of corruption.

Arno Lamoer did initially plead not guilty on chargers against him, but on February 8 he changed plea to guilty to one charge of corruption.

Lamoer in his plea explanation said he entered negotiations earlier this month because negotiations with the State to finalize the trial as soon as possible and that in his 35 years of police service he only served for ,”distinction and loyalty towards our country and its people”.

“During the serving in the police, I was never investigated or departmentally charged for any misconduct,” he said.

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