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Cracking down on corruption

National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole

The conviction and sentencing of former police officers for corruption has been wel- comed by National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole.

Former Police Commissioner Lamoer and former SAPS Brigadiers Darius Van Der Ross and Colin Govender were convicted of corruption, racketeering and money laundering after the former police officers admitted to receiving gratifications worth thousands of rands from businessman Saleem Dawjee.

Lamoer and Dawjee were handed an effective six years imprisonment, while Govender and Van Der Ross have been sentenced to four years and two years respectively.

“The conviction and sentencing of these men for corruption is in line with the SAPS' objective of stamping the authority of the state. Such infractions by members of the SAPS will neither be tolerated nor con- doned,” said General Sitole.

He added that convictions and sentenc- ing were indicative of an effective and efficient criminal justice system as it demon- strated that nobody is above the law. “Government officials, particularly police- men and women, are constantly being warned of the consequences of engaging in corrupt behaviour and relationships and these latest convictions and sentencing are a stark reminder of those consequences,” said General Sitole.

He called on all South Africans to contin- ue to join hands in the fight against crime and corruption so that the objectives of the greater economic strategy of the country could be realised.

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