Phahlane contracted police service provider to install R80k sound system

Police watchdog Ipid claims the equipment was a kickback in order to secure tenders, an allegation Phahlane denies.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has confirmed that he contracted a police service provider, which manufacturers chemicals, to install a sound system in his house, but insists there was nothing untoward in the deal.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) searched the lieutenant general's house in the north of Pretoria on Thursday in order to secure the R80,000 surround sound system.

Ipid claims that the equipment was a kickback in order to secure tenders, an allegation Phahlane denies, as he insists he paid for the system out of his own pocket.

Phahlane says the police chemicals service provider also offered an interior decorating service.

He told Talk Radio 702’s Xolani Gwala that the arrangement was purely business.

“I have contracted that person in my personal capacity, as an interior designer, not as a service provider for the South African Police Service. There is nothing wrong.”

Phahlane says he paid for the equipment himself.

“When I got the quotation from the interior designer, I then contacted my bank to process the payment.”

It’s understood Ipid considered Thursday's search a success.

(Edited by Neo Koza)