Court orders 2 Ipid investigators to cut contact with key witnesses
The pair made their first appearance in court this morning on charges of fraud, extortion and contravention of the Ipid act.
PRETORIA – The Pretoria Magistrates Court has ordered two Independent Police Directorate (Ipid) investigators to have no contact at all with seven key witnesses in the corruption case against acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.
The pair made their first appearance in court on Tuesday morning on charges of fraud, extortion and contravention of the Ipid Act.
The case relates to counter charges brought by the police in their investigation of Phahlane on charges of corruption.
The State argued that witnesses should be protected from interference by Ipid investigators Mandla Mahlangu and Temane Binang.
The State didn’t object to two other Ipid members on the investigating team having access to the seven key witnesses in the case against Phahlane.
The court was told that the pair refused to provide their home addresses to police detectives because they have been threatened.
The magistrate accepted that the accused voluntarily presented themselves at court, so there was no need for an order compelling them to reveal their home addresses.
The matter has been postponed until next Tuesday.