CAPE TOWN, April 22 — The Police Commissioner of South Africa’s Western Cape Province, Arno Lamoer, has officially been suspended after he was arraigned at the Goodwood Regional Court last week to face charges of corruption, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.
Three other senior police officers, Brigardiers Darius van der Ross, Kolindren Govender and Logambal Govender, who have been charged alongside Lamoer, have also been suspended, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega announced Tuesday.
“In instances where we are having such situations, there is a very clear protocol in the police. We would notify our members of our intention to suspend to give them an opportunity to respond,” said Phiyega.
The letters of suspension were served on the four senior officers over the weekend.
An internal probe would now be conducted by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
“We suspend. We investigate and the suspension doesn’t mean any person is guilty. We must still do our own internal investigation because we make a differentiation between a criminal process and an internal process because in the internal process ….. it looks into internal conduct and our own internal prescripts, so that is what we are doing ,” said Phiyega.
“That will lead us into if there is any prima facie evidence which requires that we undertake an internal disciplinary hearing.”