Ipid secures warrant to search top cop Phahlane's home

The acting National Police Commissioner has been accused of interfering in a probe over his R8 million mansion at an upmarket estate in Pretoria.

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

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News has learnt police watchdog Ipid has secured a search warrant to inspect acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane's house in the north of Pretoria.

The investigation relates to allegations of corruption during the period that Phahlane was head of forensic services.

Ipid also obtained a warning statement from the lieutenant general this morning, linked to a case of defeating the ends of justice.

Acting National Police Commissioner Phahlane has been under investigation, and is accused of defeating the ends of justice, after allegedly contacting witnesses who formed part of an Ipid probe about his R8 million mansion at an upmarket estate in Pretoria.

Investigators tracked a paper trail which shows that Phahlane took kickbacks to secure tenders.

It’s alleged that a supplier of chemicals used in forensic work transferred funds to a sound system supplier.

That supplier then installed the home entertainment system in Phahlane’s house and the chemicals company was later rewarded with a tender.

It’s understood the search warrant is to secure the equipment and ensure that it is not removed from the property.

Phahlane has in the past denied all allegations of corruption and has committed himself to cooperating with investigations.

Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan opened the case against Phahlane almost a year ago.

O'Sullivan claims that the general lives in a house valued at about R8 million, but the value of his bond is far lower, and it appears he only paid R2.2 million for it.

It is understood that Phahlane allegedly interfered with witnesses who were being questioned in relation to that investigation.

Last year, O’Sullivan revealed that while the case was brought to the attention of senior police officials but claims that nothing was done.

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