The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - SAKHILE NDLAZI

DRA­MATIC scenes un­folded yes­ter­day as se­cu­rity guards tried to pre­vent In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Di­rec­torate (Ipid) in­ves­ti­ga­tors from en­ter­ing the home of act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Kho­motso Phahlane in the ex­clu­sive Sable Hills Wa­ter­front Es­tate in Tsh­wane.

Ipid is in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion re­lated to the time when Phahlane was the head of foren­sics. He is ac­cused of tak­ing kick­backs to se­cure ten­ders.

It is un­der­stood that the in­ves­ti­ga­tors searched his house for a state-of-the-art sound sys­tem worth R80 000.

They had al­legedly gath­ered records show­ing the trans­fer of money from a chem­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany to a home entertainment sys­tem sup­plier, which then in­stalled the sur­round-sound sys­tem in Phahlane’s house.

After much de­lib­er­a­tion with the se­cu­rity guards, the five Ipid ve­hi­cles even­tu­ally gained en­try to the es­tate. It wasn’t es­tab­lished if Phahlane was at home. The in­ves­ti­ga­tors spent 30 min­utes in the es­tate.

Phahlane is also fac­ing a charge of defeating the ends of jus­tice for al­legedly con­tact­ing wit­nesses who formed part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how he built a man­sion said to be worth R8 mil­lion. It was re­vealed last year that Ipid had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how Phahlane built the house with a po­lice­man’s salary.

How­ever, dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing, Phahlane de­nied that his house was built with cor­rup­tion money. Phahlane told jour­nal­ists he would sue for dam­ages he suf­fered as a re­sult of these al­le­ga­tions.

“I hap­pen to hear that I own a house which is worth R8m. I so wish I had that amount of money. I have a house that is around R3m. There is a bond reg­is­tered in that re­gard,” Phahlane said, adding he would co-op­er­ate with Ipid. “In­ves­ti­ga­tions must fol­low their course.”

Ipid re­port­edly ob­tained the war­rant to­gether with a warn­ing state­ment against the com­mis­sioner from the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court. Ipid spokesper­son Moses Dlamini said he could not com­ment on a con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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