AS IT HAPPENED: IPID inside estate to raid acting top cop's home

2017-01-19 15:17

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.


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19 Jan 15:44

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.

19 Jan 15:42
According to investigator Paul O'Sullivan, the massive townhouse covers 803 square metres of under-roof space. The cost of building the house is estimated to have been between R4.7m and R5.8m

19 Jan 15:41

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 media.

He attacked O’Sullivan’s involvement in the investigation, and called him a foreigner. 

19 Jan 15:39

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.

19 Jan 15:39

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],” it reads.

19 Jan 15:38
Forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan opened the original case against Phahlane in January 2016. He alleged that the bond Phahlane registered for the property was considerably lower than the value of the house, which Phahlane had built in 2011 and 2012.

19 Jan 15:38
IPID investigators probed alleged cash payments to a contractor totalling R700 000. The money was allegedly in plastic shopping bags in the boot of a car.

19 Jan 15:37
Acting police commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane is the fourth consecutive top cop to be implicated in wrongdoing

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Police watchdog IPID is conducting a raid acting national police commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane's home in the exclusive Sable Hills Waterfront Estate, north of Pretoria, on Thursday. News24 is on the scene.

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