From hero to zero: Former Western Cape top cop found guilty of corruption

From hero to zero: Former Western Cape top cop found guilty of corruption

- The former Western Cape police commissioner has been found guilty of corruption in the province' High Court

- The top cop, Arno Lamoer, was charged with several counts of corruption, money laundering and racketeering

- But, he was only found guilty of the corruption charges on 19 February

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The Western Cape High Court found former police commissioner Arno Lamoer guilty of corruption, Briefly.co.za learned.

News24 reported Lamoer received a guilty verdict on Monday in a massive corruption, money laundering and racketeering trial.

However, out of the three charges, the former top cop was only found guilty of corruption, to which he pleaded guilty.

Lamoer and his co-accused, Salim Dawjee, Darius van der Ross and Sharon and Colin Govender, were charged with 109 counts of corruption, racketeering and money laundering, which involved R1.6 million.

Reports suggest Dawjee, a tow truck company owner, covered their fuel, clothing and travel costs in return for favours.

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Dawjee received a guilty verdict on charges of fraud and corruption last week, and Sharon Govender was cleared of all charges against her.

However, her husband and Van Der Ross were both found guilty of corruption.

On 8 February, Lamoer changed his not guilty plea to guilty. He explained in his revised plea that he was negotiating with the State to speed up the trial process.

He added he lost his wife in 2005, which left him a single father of three daughters, whom he had to raise on his own.

Lamoer said in his 35-years in law enforcement, he served with "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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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