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DA to hand evidence of alleged corruption against Phahlane to Ipid

The DA says it will hand over a forensic report to Ipid, which the party claims is evidence of further corruption allegedly committed by the top cop.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will hand over a forensic report to police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), which the party claims is evidence of further corruption allegedly committed by acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

The party made the announcement at a briefing in Cape Town on Thursday.

The report, commissioned in 2013, is however the same one Phahlane released last month, which he says cleared him of any wrongdoing.

The DA’s Zakhele Mbele says the report by CPN Forensic Services identified procurement irregularities, including over payment of R500,000 to a company called CrimeTech.

This is the same company which installed the surround sound system in Phahlane’s private residence.

Mbele confirmed that this is the same report Phahlane relied on last year to prove that he had been cleared of wrongdoing.

"He released a summary of the allegations and findings, which was displayed in such a way that would seem that he was exonerated and his innocence had been established. But the full report shows that there are still questions and doubt still remain."

He says the party will also ask Phahlane to account to the portfolio committee of police in Parliament.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)