McBride: Ipid won't stop Phahlane investigation
It’s being alleged that Phahlane has ordered the search of the national offices in Pretoria as part of a campaign to stop the corruption investigation being carried out againt him.
JOHANNESBURG - Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), says it will not stop its investigation of acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane despite obtaining reliable information that the police plan to raid its offices.
Phahlane has strongly denied there was ever any plan to raid the offices.
It’s being alleged that Phahlane has ordered the search of the national offices in Pretoria as part of a campaign to stop the corruption investigation being carried out against him.
On Tuesday, two Ipid investigators linked to Phahlane’s case appeared in court on charges brought by the police.
Ipid head Robert McBride says the abuse of power and disregard for the rule of law for personal interest is staggering.
He says Ipid says it will not stop its investigation of Phahlane because the allegations are serious and the investigation has so far shown they have merit.
Ipid says it will use all lawful means to safeguard its independence and it is committed to investigating without fear, favour or prejudice.
Phahlane has hit back, accusing Ipid of engaging in a propaganda campaign by peddling baseless allegations.
He stressed that there were no plans by the police, on his instructions or knowledge, to raid Ipid’s offices.