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Kgomotso Phahlane complains of trial by media

The top cop appeared before Parliament to answer questions about the value of his home, its interior decoration & his sponsored vehicle.

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

PARLIAMENT- Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane has complained to Members of Parliament (MPs) of a trial by media.

Phahlane appeared before Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee on Thursday.

He answered MPs’ questions about the value of his home in a residential estate north of Pretoria, its interior decoration and his sponsored vehicle.

Phahlane is under investigation by police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for alleged corruption and defeating the ends of justice following a complaint by private investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

Phahlane believes he’s the target of a campaign to discredit him.

He says he has a R3 million bond on his home, which is reported to have cost R8 million.

Phahlane told MPs he hired an interior decorator and paid for this with his own funds.

“I did not contract a company, which is providing services to police. We have contracted an individual.”

Phahlane says he didn’t declare his sponsored vehicle as it wasn’t a gift.

“This was a sponsorship. The vehicle doesn’t belong to me it belongs to the dealership.”

Phahlane says his preparations for court action against Ipid and O’Sullivan are “at an advanced stage”.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)