Ipid makes damning new allegations against police boss
Publish date: 21 April 2017
Issue Number: 4207
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigators have laid bare the trail of an alleged series of cash payments from the boot of a state car in a damning affidavit involving acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, says a TimesLIVE report. The affidavit‚ filed in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) late yesterday‚ is in reply to Phahlane's court challenge that argues Ipid's corruption investigation against him is unlawful. Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini reportedly confirmed the investigation had been expanded and that Ipid‚ over and above corruption charges‚ was now investigating allegations against Phahlane of money-laundering‚ defeating the ends of justice‚ intimidation and racketeering. The report says Phahlane is accused of receiving undue benefits while he headed the police forensic science laboratory services‚ related to the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to certain forensic equipment service providers. In his affidavit Ipid investigator Mandlakayise Mahlangu‚ who labelled Phahlane's court challenge as ‘incompetent’‚ painted a picture of alleged dubious cash payments which occurred from the back of a state car. ‘ ... payments were from the back of the car in plastic bags‚’ the affidavit claimed. The alleged payments‚ to the builder of Phahlane's house and subcontractors‚ were‚ according to Mahlangu‚ done either by Phahlane or with assistance from his assigned police ‘protector’. The payments‚ he claimed‚ ranged from R10 000 to R250 000 in cash.
Phahlane, however, has told the Ipid, via his lawyers, that he believes he is not being investigated by an ‘independent investigatory body’. A second TimesLIVE report notes Phahlane's lawyers said Ipid was not exercising its investigatory functions in terms of the ‘ethos and ethics’ of such an institution. In February Phahlane asked the High Court to have Ipid's investigation halted and requested that Paul O'Sullivan stop assisting it in its investigation. The matter is expected to be heard on 17 May. Phahlane, say his lawyers, believes Ipid's questions are nothing more than a ‘fishing expedition’ to create suspicion of wrongdoing.