Phahlane labels reports of home raid as 'propaganda'

Former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane was suspended in June after being accused of fraud and corruption for allegedly taking kickbacks to secure police tenders for a company.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says that media reports about his home being raided are propaganda.

Eyewitness News has revealed that Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) raided at least seven properties linked to Phahlane this week, where documents were found, allegedly showing that the case against Ipid boss Robert McBride was fabricated.

It’s understood that several other documents were also seized and police equipment worth millions of rand.

Phahlane was suspended in June after being accused of fraud and corruption for allegedly taking kickbacks to secure police tenders for a company.

He called into Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday night, saying that he was not contacted for comment and denied the claims.

“It’s unfortunately propaganda that continues to be spearheaded. Firstly, I don’t have seven properties, I see you say I have seven properties. I read the EWN article. I only have one house that’s in my name.”

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority says it will only comment on the investigation into Phahlane if police watchdog Ipid presents a case docket. Ipid says it cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.

The NPA previously stated it would not prosecute Phahlane, but it had given Ipid certain directives in terms of its investigation.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)