In a statement‚ the acting national head of the Hawks‚ Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata‚ congratulated Cape Town’s serious corruption investigation unit for building a “cast-in-iron” case against the senior policemen.
“The sentence we hope will send a very strong message to those who misuse their strategic positions for selfish gains. The Hawks’ investigation and the successful conviction shows not only the level of independence‚ but that we do work without any fear nor favour‚” she said.
Lamoer “received money in his bank account‚ had his clothing accounts together with a certain holiday paid” for by Dawjee. Van der Ross received “gratifications which included having his private vehicle filled with petrol in exchange for favours”. And Govender received “unauthorised gratifications amounting to R1.2-million”.
Matakata also thanked the National Prosecuting Authority‚ the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the South African Police Service for the role they played in bringing the corrupt officials to book.
Ironically‚ in 2012 the Sunday Times interviewed Lamoer after Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato made allegations that high-ranking police officers were on the payroll of crime bosses.
Lamoer said several officers had been dismissed. “What we can confirm is that‚ yes‚ there are police officers involved in criminal activity and corruption with criminals‚” he said.