Our zeroes this week are all the police officers who have been implicated in or found to be guilty of corruption in the course of their work. This lamentable situation was highlighted last week when none other than the Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer, with four other accused, was charged with 109 counts of corruption, fraud, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.
Three of the four other accused are police officers and the fourth is a businessman.
Lamoer and his colleagues are accused of taking bribes from the businessman.
In the meantime Major General Thembisile Patekile is serving as acting Western Cape police commissioner. National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said in a statement that Lamoer had applied for leave from Friday and is due to be servied with notices as per the police disciplinary code.
“All crime prevention and investigation initiatives will continue uninterrupted in the Western Cape. We reaffirm our commitment to fighting crime and creating a safe society,” said Phiyega. The national commissioner had also faced a possible investigation into allegations that she warned Lamoer about the Hawks investigation into his suspicious activities. The Hawks have announced that they will not pursue action against her.
Media reports say that Lamoer is scheduled to appear in court again on 12 June.