Phahlane ‘lied to com­mit­tee’

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in­formed about it, but his own sig­na­ture is on the doc­u­ment ask­ing his PA (per­sonal as­sis­tant) to sched­ule a meet­ing re­gard­ing the case, and that’s as early as June 2016,” McBride said.

He also said they had proof that Phahlane had met with for­mer act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Is­rael Kga­manyane to dis­cuss the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He added: “Un­for­tu­nately for Phahlane, we have record­ings of every in­ter­view.”

Phahlane is fac­ing an Ipid probe in con­nec­tion with his R8 mil­lion house and a fleet of ve­hi­cles as well as links with a ser­vice provider that did busi­ness with the po­lice when he headed the foren­sic unit.

McBride also told MPs that the po­lice watch­dog had sev­eral state­ments and doc­u­mented proof, in­clud­ing bank state­ments, of events that im­pli­cated Phahlane in cor­rup­tion, money laun­der­ing, fraud and de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

“We also found that there is a pat­tern of whis­tle-blow­ers be­ing ha­rassed, threat­ened and vic­timised,” he said.

Asked what he made of the ar­rests of pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Paul O’Sul­li­van and his lawyer, McBride said it was an at­tempt to dis­rupt the Ipid in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It is in­tim­i­da­tion and it is con­tra­ven­tion of sec­tion 33 of the Ipid Act. There is al­ready a de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice case which is based on the fact that Gen­eral Phahlane called peo­ple to not co-op­er­ate with us. We have state­ments to that ef­fect,” he said.

McBride’s Ipid col­league Matthews Sisoko brushed off crit­i­cism of the search war­rant Ipid ob­tained to con­duct a raid at Phahlane’s house, say­ing it was law­fully ob­tained.

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