Po­lice union wel­comes the sen­tence of Lamoer and top cops

Observer on Saturday - - Focus On Sa Scene -

CAPETOWN -The South African Po­lice Union (SAPU) has wel­comed the prison sen­tences im­posed on for­mer West­ern Cape po­lice com­mis­sioner Arno Lamoer and other se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers, al­beit “with a heavy heart.”

Lamoer ,for­mer SAPS brigadiers Dar­ius Van Der Ross and Colin Goven­der, and busi­ness­man Saleem Daw­jee were all sen­tenced on Thurs­day.

Lamoer and Daw­jee were both sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive six years in prison, while Goven­der was sen­tenced to four years and Van der Ross to two years.

SAPU gen­eral sec­re­tary Os­car Skom­mere said it was a shame that se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers such as Goven­der, Van der Ross and Lamoer ended up in jail be­cause of cor­rup­tion. “SAPU wel­comes this sen­tence with a heavy heart. We can­not en­joy the sen­tenc­ing of for­mer se­nior of­fi­cers like these,” Skom­mere said.

“We are only con­soled by the fact that this proves once again, that we are all equal be­fore the law.” Skom­mere added that the union called on other men and women in blue to not fall into the trap of be­com­ing crim­i­nals them­selves.

“This heavy sen­tence will be used as a les­son to those few rot­ten el­e­ments who are tar­nish­ing the good name of the SAPS,” he said.

“Those few rot­ten el­e­ments will be ex­posed and dealt with ac­cord­ingly. It is a shame that the SAPS con­tin­ues to be dis­cred­ited by of­fi­cers like these, who al­low their selfish­ness and greed to com­pro­mise their judge­ment.”

Mean­while, na­tional com­mis­sioner of the po­lice Gen­eral Khehla John Si­tole, said the con­vic­tions were in line with the SA PS’ ob­jec­tive of“stamp­ing the au­thor­ity of the State.”

“Such in­frac­tions by mem­bers of the SAPS will nei­ther be tol­er­ated nor con­doned,” he said.

HEAVY HEART: For­mer West­ern Cape po­lice com­mis­sioner Arno Lamoer.

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