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Phahlane 'not trying to stop' Ipid from investigating him

The acting police chief says he wants to prevent Ipid from being subverted by a private individual for personal gains.

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

PRETORIA - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says he doesn’t want to stop the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) from investigating him.

Two weeks ago Phahlane vowed to turn to the courts after Eyewitness News revealed that Ipid was investigating how he bought and funded several vehicles over the last few years.

Phahlane says he wants to prevent Ipid from being subverted by a private individual for personal gains.

The lieutenant-general made the comments in an affidavit filed in the High Court in Pretoria, where he sought an interdict against Ipid head Robert McBride and private investigator Paul O'Sullivan.

Phahlane says O'Sullivan has unlawfully inveigled himself into what should be an independent investigation.

He accused the private investigator, who he says is deranged, of pursuing a scheme of publicity seeking.

Phahlane says the purpose of the interdict is not to obstruct the lawful investigation, which he says he welcomes, but to ensure Ipid's powers are not subverted and manipulated by a private individual.

The top cop has included dozens of emails O’Sullivan sent to him over the course of a year, which he refers to as having exotic content and make extravagant claims.

Ipid says it will oppose the application.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)