Western Cape Community Safety MEC, Dan Plato, says the sentencing of former provincial police commissioner, Arno Lamoer to six years in jail, is a clear sign by the courts that corruption and criminality will never be tolerated within the ranks of those entrusted to serve the people.

Lamoer was sentenced by the High Court in Cape Town to eight years on charges of corruption of which two years have been suspended for five years.

The three co-accused, tow truck company owner Salim Dawjee, police brigadiers Darius van der Ross and Colin Governder also got jail sentences.

Plato says direct imprisonment should remain a stark reminder to everyone within the police that no wrongdoing will go unpunished.

He has called on the provincial and national police management to continue cleaning out the rot where ever it is detected.