DA backs Phahlane cor­rup­tion ev­i­dence

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHAYA KOKO

A TWIST in the saga over al­leged im­pro­pri­eties com­mit­ted by act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Kho­motso Phahlane was ex­pected to­day when the DA re­veals what it says is cred­i­ble ev­i­dence of cor­rup­tion by him.

Phahlane is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) for cor­rupt prac­tices al­legedly com­mit­ted as head of the po­lice’s foren­sics unit.

His house was searched by Ipid last week, and it will also be in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged cor­rup­tion in his ac­qui­si­tion of some of his lux­ury ve­hi­cles.

DA spokesper­son Dar­ren Brook­banks said their MP Zakhele Mb­hele would be pre­sent­ing “new ev­i­dence which is con­tained in a re­port sub­mit­ted to the DA”. On whether the re­port and new ev­i­dence were cred­i­ble, Brook­banks as­serted that the DA were con­fi­dent.

Mean­while, Ipid spokesper­son Moses Dlamini said it will not com­ment as that might prej­u­dice the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Asked whether Ipid sets time lim­its on in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Dlamini added: “In terms of Ipid reg­u­la­tions, typ­i­cally in­ves­ti­ga­tions should be com­pleted within three months, but there is pro­vi­sion for fur­ther ex­ten­sions for as long as nec­es­sary.”

He said it was Ipid’s duty to make rec­om­men­da­tions to the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) if a mat­ter is crim­i­nal in na­ture, and to the po­lice if it is a po­lice dis­ci­plinary is­sue.

“It is then up to the NPA to in­sti­tute pros­e­cu­tions in the courts, and the SAPS to in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.”

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