sapsCity Press reports that the lawyers of former top cop Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane are confident that when his trial continues in May they will be able to punch holes in a forensic report by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) that forms the basis of the state’s case against him.  

Phahlane is accused, along with other high-ranking police officials, of fraud and corruption regarding their involvement in a procurement contract that saw the installation of blue lights in police vehicles in Gauteng in 2016 – at a cost of R84 million.  The former acting national police commissioner and five other high-ranking SA Police Service (SAPS) officials face charges of fraud‚ forgery and uttering, which carry a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.  Phahlane, who headed the SAPS forensic division before he was appointed as the acting national police commissioner, describes the findings against him as “baseless, malicious, unsubstantiated, devoid of the truth, and thus must be strongly condemned”.  In his submission to the NPA, he points out at least two instances where the purchase order for procurement of services was concluded long after former police minister Fikile Mbalula removed him from office in 2017, but he was still being cited as the accounting officer responsible.

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