Cape Town – A top Western Cape police officer and five others are expected in court on Friday to face charges of racketeering, money laundering and corruption.
National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed that six people, including a top Western Cape police official, would appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Friday on corruption charges, the Cape Times reported.
Eyewitness News tweeted that Western Cape Police Commissioner Arnold Lamoer has been flown out from Outdshoorn to attend the court hearing. Top Hawks officials have also flown in for the court date.
Lamoer has long been investigated for alleged corrupt dealings with a Cape Town businessman, the report continued.
Three senior police officers were also under investigation.
According to reports, the four officers had been investigated since September 2014 on allegations of corruption.
In October 2013, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said it would investigate allegations that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega had tipped off Lamoer about an investigation against him by crime intelligence, News24 reported at the time.
Phiyega reportedly told Lamoer on three occasions that she was aware he was under investigation.
At the time it was reported that their telephone conversations had been legally recorded by crime intelligence operatives monitoring Lamoers calls.
Phiyega denied tipping off Lamoer.
Last year, the National Prosecuting Authority announced that it would not pursue complaints against Phiyega of defeating the end of justice.