Phahlane: Ipid probe an assault on my integrity

EWN has learnt that Ipid investigators found the R80,000 state-of-the-art surround sound system they were looking for.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA – Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has described the manner in which the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating him as an assault on his character and integrity.

Ipid investigators conducted a search of the lieutenant general’s luxury house in the Pretoria north as part of a corruption investigation.

Phahlane is accused of taking kickbacks to secure tenders for a company during his tenure as head of the police’s forensics division.

Its alleged that a company installed an R80,000 sound system in Phahlane’s house in return for tenders.

In a statement, Phahlane is said to be disgusted and disappointed with the level of disrespect and discourtesy shown by everyone involved in the search of his property, including the media.

Phahlane confirmed meeting with Ipid investigators on Thursday and says he will continue to cooperate with them.

However, he says it’s unfortunate that the investigation is being conducted through the media which he says has been characterised by a distortion of facts, disinformation and malice.

Phahlane has apparently briefed his lawyers to take the matter forward.

The lieutenant general says he’s provided proof to investigators that he paid for the sound system installed in his house from his own pocket.

POTENTIALLY INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE FOUND

Eyewitness News has learnt that Ipid’s search of Phahlane’s house was a success.

EWN has learnt that Ipid investigators found the R80,000 state-of-the-art surround sound system they were looking.

The home theatre system was allegedly paid for by a police service provider in return for tenders in the forensics division, where Phahlane was the head.

A technician who installed system is believed to have accompanied investigators.

Ipid has apparently secured a paper trail which shows the chemical company transferred funds to the sound system company which then installed the system at Phahlane’s house.

The watchdog body has declined to comment, saying the matter relates to an ongoing investigation.

The Police Ministry says it won’t comment at this stage.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)