Independent audit clears me – Phahlane

Phahlane is reportedly being probed after contacting witnesses after discovering that his property was under scrutiny by Ipid. File photo. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI
Phahlane is reportedly being probed after contacting witnesses after discovering that his property was under scrutiny by Ipid. File photo.
Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

Acting police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane has hit back at corruption allegations‚ claiming that an independent forensic audit report clears him of wrong doing in alleged corruption at the police’s forensic division.

Speaking at a media conference in Pretoria yesterday, Phahlane criticized his detractors‚ saying whistle blowers wanted to divert attention from themselves by implicating him in wrongdoing.

Phahlane did not issue the full report but released a summary of the outcomes and findings which concluded that the allegations into his wrongdoing were unfounded.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating Phahlane‚ who headed the forensic division‚ for defeating the ends of justice.

The allegations relate to claims that Phahlane told witnesses not to speak out about corruption in the division.

He is also alleged to have received millions of rands in kick backs for awarding a tender to provide services to the forensic division and later allegedly spent the money on renovations to his home.

The report‚ by CPN Forensic and Accounting Services‚ completed two years ago‚ reportedly clears Phahlaneof wrong doing.

Yesterday, he slammed those behind the allegations‚ which were first brought to the attention of then national police commissioner Riah Phiyegain 2012.

“These allegations have been circulating for years.

“It is important to set the record straight once and for all‚” Phahlane said.He said the report revealed that the allegations‚ made by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union and police members‚ had been found to be unsubstantiated.

“It turns out that those who made the allegations – the so-called whistleblowers– were at the time underinvestigation for misconduct.”
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