DA wants Ipid to expand probe into Phahlane
TMG Digital | 2017-01-26 13:08:44.0
Police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane has introduced a back-to-basics strategy for
everything from how police relate to the public to handling crime scenes professionally.
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The DA wants the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (Ipid) to extend its probe into national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane “to the entirety of Phahlane career in the SAPS”.
The party’s Zakhele Mbhele said on Thursday that it “is possession of the full forensic report‚ conducted by CPN forensic and accounting services‚ into allegations by the Police and Civil Rights Union (Popcru) of corruption in the forensic services”.
Phahlane was previously the head of that department.
Mbhele said the DA wants the report submitted to Parliament’s police portfolio committee and for Phahlane to “be summoned to account for himself and these disturbing allegations that have surfaced during his tenure”.
“It is damning indictment on the President of the Republic‚ Jacob Zuma‚ and the Minister of Police‚ Nathi Nhleko‚ that they are incapable of making sound appointments in the senior leadership of SAPS‚” Mbhele added.
It listed a number of procurement irregularities‚ including:
- “An over-payment of almost R500 000 to Crimetech‚ which is the same company which installed Phahlane’s sound system in his lavish house in Pretoria;
- “Phahlane changed the procurement system for delivery of supplies to local criminal record centres‚ which possibly created an opportunity for the supplier‚ CrimeTech‚ to get away with not delivering goods already paid for. Specifically‚ the report identifies that deliveries related to seven orders‚ cannot be confirmed‚ meaning that in all likelihood‚ the supplies were never in fact delivered‚ although they were paid; and
- “In a matter of three financial years‚ payments to CrimeTech increased by an alarming 134% percent.”
The report also noted that the “promotions of two brigadiers may have been irregular as they skipped ranks and do not seem to have had the required experience to qualify for their promotions”.
Last week‚ Ipid officers raided Phahlane’s luxury Pretoria home in a search of an R80 000 sound system he is alleged to have received in relation to the awarding of a contract to a service provider while he headed the SAPS forensic science laboratory.
Phahlane has insisted that he bought the sound system and that there was nothing untoward with the purchase.
On Wednesday‚ it emerged that directorate investigators were also looking into Phahlane’s acquisition of a fleet of luxury cars over the past two years.
The vehicles include a Range Rover Sport‚ Land Rover Discovery‚ a Mercedes Benz E520CDI‚ a VW Polo‚ a Toyota Hliux bakkie‚ which he allegedly received as a gift‚ and a VW Amarok bakkie.
A sworn affidavit by a businessman‚ who alleges he bought the Hilux for Phahlane‚ is said to form the basis of the directorate’s interest into the commissioner’s vehicles.