Police watchdog IPID has conducted a raid on acting national police commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane's home in the exclusive Sable Hills Waterfront Estate, north of Pretoria.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said claims that Phahlane could not afford the house
and, therefore, must have paid for it using illegal means, were ludicrous.
"That’s a very subjective way of dealing with issues.
There has got to be a scientific way to deal with whether the house that you
own, you built it through proceeds of crime. They can’t just look at your place
and decide, you must have stolen money to buy your property," he said.
Crimetech supplied forensic equipment and chemicals to the
police when Phahlane was divisional commissioner for forensics.
Komolodowicz previously told the Citizen that Phahlane
visited Crimetech’s offices in 2012. Impressed by the decor, he had asked her
who her decorator was. Komolodowicz replied she had done it herself.
Phahlane’s spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi,
rejected any suggestion of wrongdoing.
Phahlane previously said that while he respected IPID, he
found it unfortunate that the investigation was being conducted through the
He attacked O’Sullivan’s involvement in the investigation, and called
him a foreigner.
IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed one of their
investigators had received death threats related to the probe. IPID was taking
the threats seriously and would identify the source.
News24 understands the investigation looked into an R80 000
home theatre system installed in Phahlane’s house. The person who sourced the
electronic equipment on Phahlane’s behalf was allegedly a director of Crimetech
Laboratories, Jolanta Komolodowicz.
News24 has seen a badly-written SMS allegedly sent to one of
the IPID investigators and O’Sullivan, which contained threats against those
involved in the probe.
“This is a warning to u. we r aware that u workin fo a big
foreign spy paul salivan who is funded by his masters. . . u must stop now. we
know where u stay and ur family. U must either choose to die with him [sic],”
#Phahlane it is over. IPID bakkies have just left the estate— Angelique Serrao (@AngeliqueSerrao) January 19, 2017
#Phahlane it is over. IPID bakkies have just left the estate
#Phahlane News24 understands the acting police commissioner was meeting the Minister of Police this morning— Angelique Serrao (@AngeliqueSerrao) January 19, 2017
#Phahlane News24 understands the acting police commissioner was meeting the Minister of Police this morning
#Phahlane News24 broke the story that IPID was investigating the acting police commissioner in November last year— Angelique Serrao (@AngeliqueSerrao) January 19, 2017
#Phahlane News24 broke the story that IPID was investigating the acting police commissioner in November last year
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