JOHANNESBURG- Police minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday welcomed the conviction of former Western Cape Provincial Commissioner Arno Lamoer saying the judgement would instil confidence in the country’s criminal justice system.
“The conviction sends a strong message that no one is above the law. It also instils confidence in the country’s criminal justice system that criminals will face the might of the law. We need police who must understand that their job is a calling, that they have a duty to serve and protect people of the Republic of South Africa,” Mbalula said.
Mbalula’s remarks come after the Western Cape High court on Monday convicted Arno Lamoer on one corruption charge.
Lamoer pleaded guilty to one corruption charge, while he was acquitted on charges of money laundering and racketeering.
Lamoer and former police brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Sharon Govender and Kolin Govender and tow truck owner Salim Dawjee were accused of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.
The former police commissioner with over three decades of experience as a police officer admitted that he accepted loans from Dawjee for his benefit.
Money received from was spent on vehicle hire, petrol expenses and pool maintenance.
Mbalula said that the police were committed to rooting out corrupt elements within the police.
Mbalula called on South Africans to continue playing a critical role in rooting out corruption within the force.
Lamoer has joined several police officers who have been found guilty in the past.
South Africa’s former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was found guilty of corruption, fraud and racketeering in 2010.