• Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional information
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arnold Lamoer and five others appeared in the Goodwood magistrate’s court on Friday on charges of corruption.
The six face 109 counts, including corruption, fraud, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.
Lamoer and four co-accused have been released on R5,000 bail each.
The charges relate to his relationship with Cape Town businessman and millionaire, Mohammed Salim Dawjee.
Dawjee is accused of paying for police Christmas parties, donating televisions and even dropping off big pots of curry on Fridays to the Police's Provincial HQ, where Lamoer is based.
The generous businessman has admitted that he and Lamoer are very good friends and that he lent Lamoer R20,000 for his daughter's wedding.
But he denies any criminal activity – just pure friendship.
Two years ago, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was allegedly overheard on a legal crime intelligence wiretap warning Lamoer about a Hawks investigation into him and his relationship with Dawjee.
After a lengthy investigation, the NPA declined to prosecute Phiyega on a charge of defeating the ends of justice.
But the Independent Police Investigative Directorate also investigated and recommended Phiyega be sanctioned for irregular and inappropriate behaviour.
* eNCA reporter Annika Larsen has more on this story. Watch the video in the gallery above.