Police frustrate Ipid's crime fight

Fomer acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, his wife and a businessman handed themselves over to authorities in the morning , to face corruption charges in the Pretoria Speciliased Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on FEBRUARY 8, 2018.
Fomer acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, his wife and a businessman handed themselves over to authorities in the morning , to face corruption charges in the Pretoria Speciliased Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on FEBRUARY 8, 2018.
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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has complained to parliament's standing committee on public accounts, saying the South African Police Service (SAPS) has frustrated the police watchdog's quest to root out corrupt police officers.

Ipid said the SAPS had put in place administrative hurdles that prevented it doing its work. Ipid is currently dealing with several high-profile matters, including those of former acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, Captain Morris "KGB" Tshabalala and General Agnes Makhele.

Ipid head of investigations Matthew Sesoko said yesterday high-profile police were often accused of corruption, theft, money laundering, racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.

He also complained of counter-investigations by other police investigators, which he slammed as unconstitutional. These include allegations that Phahlane had a corrupt relationship with service providers CrimeTech and Kriminalistik, allegedly worth R96-million.

Phahlane was said to have a corrupt relationship with the company FDA, owned by Keith Keating, that amounted to R5-billion.

Sesoko also gave details about the interactions between Tshabalala, Major-General Obed Nemutanzhela and a service provider for the crime intelligence division, valued at R563005.

"An Ipid investigation was able to uncover a further corrupt relationship of Phahlane and service provider FDA, owned by Keith Keating. The investigation has detected possible crimes of corruption, fraud and money laundering facilitated by car dealer, Mr Durand Snyman," said Sesoko.

He said this information came as a result of a raid conducted on Phahlane's house and his cars late last year, with claims of seven construction workers paid in excess of R1-million from the boot of Phahlane's car being supported by six cash withdrawals from CrimeTech and Kriminalistik's accounts between March and October of 2011.

Sesoko said Keating, the supplier of Rofin lights, paid Snyman with the money being used to pay for vehicles given to another police colonel and Phahlane's wife.

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