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npaBusinessLive reports that former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane is not off the hook despite the withdrawal of fraud and corruption charges against him on Thursday.  

The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) said on Thursday the setting aside of the charges was not an acquittal but a provisional withdrawal pending completion of investigations.  The prosecution withdrew the charges against Phahlane; his wife, Beauty, and used-car dealership owner Durandt Snyman after the specialised commercial crime court refused to grant a three-month postponement for further investigation.  NPA spokeswoman in Gauteng Phindi Mjonondwana said they had withdrawn the case to complete the investigation.  "This does not mean [the trio are] off the hook.  Once the investigations are complete, we will re-enrol the case," she indicated.  The Phahlanes were facing six counts of fraud and corruption for allegedly accepting gratifications from Snyman, who allegedly helped forensic supply companies doing business with the police to pay kickbacks to Phahlane and his wife, a brigadier in the police service.

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