Phahlane defends accepting vehicle sponsorship from car dealer

Ipid is also probing how the acting National Police Commissioner bought and financed several cars over the last few years.

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

IKAGENG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has defended accepting a bakkie as a sponsorship from a car dealer, saying that there was nothing untoward in the arrangement.

The lieutenant general was speaking on the sidelines of the National Police Day commemoration being held in Ikageng village in the North West.

Eyewitness News revealed this week that police watchdog Ipid had broadened the scope of its investigation and was probing how Phahlane bought and financed several cars over the last few years.

Lieutenant General Phahlane confirmed the contents of the statement made by a car dealer who bought a bakkie for his personal use.

"It is the dealership’s car. It is sponsored and it is supposed to be with me for 18 months. The vehicle is registered in my name for the purposes of maintaining it."

He dismissed suggestions that the vehicle was the proceeds of corrupt activity.

"It can’t be a form of gratification. I’m not regretting or going to suggest that there is no such relationship."

Phahlane says he will soon approach the courts to bring an end to his name being dragged through the mud.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)