Former acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane has been fired, documents have revealed.
City Press has seen a signed letter dated Thursday July 30, which serves as a notice of his dismissal following his prolonged suspension.
“It is common knowledge that the Lieutenant General Phahlane has been found guilty of elements of dishonesty, which justify a sanction of dismissal. Lieutenant General Phahlane is therefore dismissed from the South African Police Service in line with regulation 12(e) of the South African Police Service Regulations 2016,” the letter read.
The letter was signed at 10am on Thursday morning, bringing an end to Phahlane’s three years of suspension.
Phahlane was suspended by then police minister Fikile Mbalula in 2017, following allegations that he received gratifications in the form of cars and a sound system from a service provider who received several tenders from the police service.
Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), alleged that Phahlane had received a sound system worth R80 000 which was installed at his house in Pretoria.
However, Phahlane denied this allegation and said he had proof that he paid for the sound system.
Phahlane had previously accused the police watchdog of having targeted him by making unfounded accusations which they failed to prove in court.
Ipid alleged that Phahlane received kickbacks from businesses which received multimillion-rand contracts from the police service.
Phahlane and five other senior police officers face charges of fraud‚ forgery and uttering. The case is yet to be heard.