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ISS: Phahlane probe undermines confidence in police

Ipid has broadened the scope of its investigation into Phahlane and is now probing how he bought and financed his vehicles, including luxury SUVs.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane addresses the media. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA – The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says it’s concerned that the manner in which acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane is being investigated is undermining confidence in the police and undoing the good work he has done so far.

Eyewitness News revealed on Wednesday that police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has broadened the scope of its investigation of Phahlane and is now probing how he bought and financed his vehicles, including luxury SUVs.

It’s further alleged that the acting commissioner accepted an offer from a car dealer in Pretoria North to use a new bakkie free of charge for 18 months.

These developments come a week after officials searched the lieutenant general’s private residence as part of a corruption investigation.

The institute's Johan Burger says the case against Phahlane is not only damaging to the lieutenant general but to the police as well.

“After all the good work done by Phahlane, with clear indications of improvement in police morale, public trust and confidence in the police service, all of that now is being undone.”

Corruption Watch’s David Lewis is worried about the police’s ability to fight crime.

“The disarray in the law enforcement authorities and in the prosecutorial authorities is, without a doubt, the single greatest impediments to actually dealing with corruption.”

Phahlane’s office says he will soon be approaching the courts.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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