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Ipid rejects NPA’s claims over seizure of Phahlane's assets

EWN reported on Tuesday that Ipid has been waiting for more than three months for the NPA to authorise the application.

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

PRETORIA – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has rejected the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) claims that there are outstanding investigation matters in the application to seize former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane's assets.

Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Ipid has been waiting for more than three months for the NPA to authorise the application.

The details are contained in a letter Ipid head Robert McBride sent to prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams last month.

Phahlane is accused of fraud and corruption for allegedly taking kickbacks to secure police tenders for a company.

The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku says that evidence gaps were identified in the first draft of the asset preservation application and it was sent back to Ipid.

But Ipid’s Moses Dlamini says that they’re unaware of any outstanding information in the application. He goes further to say that the asset forfeiture unit raised no queries in the last three months.

EWN has learnt that the application was drafted by a senior advocate in the asset forfeiture unit and also authorised by the head of legal services.

But the document has been sitting on the desk of advocate Knorx Molele, who is accused of being close to Phahlane.

The NPA’s Mfaku, however, says that Molele has no relationship whatsoever with Phahlane.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)