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Ipid confirms probe into acting top cop Khomotso Phahlane

The police watch dog has however not revealed much else relating to a case over defeating the ends of justice.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane listens to questions during an update on the #Fees2017 protests in Pretoria on 10 October 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien

PRETORIA – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed it is investigating acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane but has declined to provide any further details of the case.

It’s further confirmed one of its investigators has received death threats.

It’s understood the Lieutenant General is scheduled to provide a warning statement in a case related to defeating the ends of justice.

It is alleged that Phahlane interfered with witnesses during a probe into the construction of his luxury house in an upmarket estate north of Pretoria.

Ipid’s Moses Dlamini says they are not in a position to comment on the investigation into Phahlane at this stage, without jeopardising the case.

He says Ipid takes threats against its investigators seriously and they will be working hard to establish who is behind them.

It’s understood a threatening text message was sent to an investigator as well as private investigator Paul O'Sullivan, who opened the case against Phahlane over the weekend.

The Ipid official was allegedly told that he must stop working with O'Sullivan and they knew where his family lives.

The police have denied any knowledge of the investigation.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)