Ipid probing large-scale corruption in SAPS supply chain unit

The owner of one supplier under scrutiny allegedly paid kickbacks to former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

FILE: Former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has told MPs that it is involved in a complex investigation into large-scale corruption in the police’s supply chain management unit.

The owner of one supplier under scrutiny allegedly paid kickbacks to former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

Investigators discovered a money trail between forensic data analyst director Keith Keating, a Pretoria car dealership and vehicles sponsored to Phahlane.

According to Ipid, the police service paid more than R5 billion to Keating’s companies since 2010.

The watchdog’s Matthew Sesoko says that some of the payments raised red flags.

“The procurement process from start to finish happens in one day. The order was issued around 4:57[pm] and everything was done on the same day. The R53 million was paid to the FDA.”

Sesoko has his eye on at least three suppliers.

“Our investigation, I must indicate chairperson, is very complex because we’re dealing with many contracts.”

Keating, a former police officer turned police officer, has denied he paid kickbacks to Phahlane.