Ipid investigators complete search of Phahlane’s home

Ipid obtained the search warrant as part of a corruption investigation in which the top cop is accused of taking kickbacks to secure tenders.

Ipid has secured a search warrant to inspect Khomotso Phahlane's home as part of a corruption investigation.  Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Investigators from police watchdog Ipid have completed their search of acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane's house at a luxury estate in the north of Pretoria.

Ipid obtained the search warrant as part of a corruption investigation in which the top cop is accused of taking kickbacks to secure tenders.

Investigators also obtained a warning statement from Phahlane on Thursday morning in a case of allegedly defeating the ends of justice.

It’s understood Ipid investigators wanted to identify and secure a state of the art surround sound system worth R80,000 installed at Phahlane's house.

It is unclear at this stage of the search was successful but a convoy of vehicles belonging to Ipid has left the estate.

Ipid says it is alleged that a manufacturer of chemicals - the type used in forensics investigations - paid for the home theatre system to be installed.

Phahlane then allegedly ensured that the company won tenders to supply chemicals to the forensics division, where he was the head.

It is understood that the technician who installed the sound system accompanied investigators.

Ipid has declined to comment at this stage.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)