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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane is no longer an accused in a fraud, money laundering and corruption case.  

The matter against him was withdrawn in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Pretoria on Thursday.  It had been alleged that Phahlane and his wife Beauty Phahlane were given cars by their co-accused, car dealer Durand Snyman, which were paid for by a police contractor who allegedly received billions in forensic contracts.  Prosecutor Dries van Rensburg had to withdraw the matter against the Phahlanes and Snyman after the court dismissed an application for another postponement.  At the court appearance meant for the arrangement of a trial date, Van Rensburg asked for a three-month postponement to complete investigations, the docket and to finalise the charge sheet.  He told the court that investigations had expanded and more people could be added to the charge sheet.  Attorney Piet Du Plessis, acting on behalf of the Phahlanes, opposed the postponement and requested that the matter be struck from the roll.  "It's clear that there are substantial investigations outstanding in the matter," said Du Plessis, adding that they would take some time to complete.  He said the postponement was not in the interests of justice as his clients had the right to a speedy trial.  The magistrate dismissed the State's application for a postponement.

  • Read this report by Alex Mitchley in full at News24

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