Reports on 'planned raid' at IPID offices 'outrageous' - Phahlane

2017-05-31 20:20
Acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane (Netwerk24)

Acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – Acting national commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane has described as “outrageous” reports that he instructed the National Intervention Unit to raid the IPID’s offices.

"We can categorically state that there were no plans by the South African Police Service, on my instructions or to my knowledge, to raid IPID's offices," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Phahlane was responding to a statement by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, in which it said it had learned “with shock” that police, on Phahlane’s instructions, were planning to raid its national office.

“The IPID has obtained reliable information that the National Intervention Unit (NIU) was told to be on standby for the raid,” spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

“If the information is true, this is yet more evidence of a systematic campaign to try and derail the investigation against General Phahlane, who is being investigated for various allegations, including corruption, defeating the ends of justice and money laundering.”

‘Propaganda’

Phahlane said the IPID was on a “propaganda campaign” and trying to cast the police service in a bad light. He said the IPID claimed to have “reliable information” about the planned raid, but had failed to say where the information came from and why it had not yet been carried out.

Phahlane said he was initially reluctant to comment on the matter through the media because he considered it “unethical and counterproductive” to do so. He respected the view of Parliament’s police committee that the media not be used as a platform to resolve such issues.

Earlier, IPID had said it believed the raid was a counter-attack to their ongoing investigation into Phahlane.

It brought an urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria last Thursday, in a bid to interdict police officers facing probes by IPID from investigating IPID officials.

This came after police charged the two IPID officers investigating Phahlane for corruption and money laundering, with crimes including fraud and extortion.

IPID head Robert McBride said in an affidavit that their case against Phahlane was at an advanced stage and had been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority.

Dlamini said IPID would not stop its investigations as the allegations were serious and had merit.

“The IPID will use all lawful means to safeguard its independence and it is committed to investigating without fear, favour or prejudice,” Dlamini said.

 

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