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McBride: Phahlane’s case against O'Sullivan will not stand in court

The Ipid head says Khomotso Phahlane’s case against the private investigator is an attempt to interfere in the corruption probe against him.

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

PRETORIA – Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride says acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane’s case against private investigator Paul O'Sullivan will not stand in court, saying it’s an attempt to interfere in the corruption investigation against him.

McBride and a delegation from Ipid briefed Parliament on a range of issues on Wednesday, including high-profile cases.

The police arrested O'Sullivan on Monday but the High Court in Pretoria ordered his release several hours later.

The private investigator is the complainant in the corruption investigation against Phahlane.

McBride says Phahlane’s case against O'Sullivan is without merit.

“There isn’t a snowball in hell’s chance that those claims of falsely impersonating an Ipid officer would ever stand up in court because it simply did not happen.”

He says he won’t be distracted by the claims against the private investigator.

“The issue here is Phahlane’s corrupt relationship, it’s not who assists us with our investigations. Let’s be clear on that. We have the facts. I don’t like doing this, but we have the facts and figures.”

Phahlane has publicly denied the allegations and has committed to working with Ipid in their investigation.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)