While investigators dig deep to find evidence of Phahlane’s Luxury Scandal which had him allegedly traded securing a tender for his luxury home. A businessman in Pretoria came to tell how he donated vehicles to the acting police commissioner.
The businessman who is a well-known car dealer, came to explain to investigators his relationship with Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane and how the alleged car gifts comply with the country’s official ethics codes.
In a sworn statement believed to form part of a case being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the businessman said he bought a bakkie for Phahlane when he discovered that he has ‘passion for vehicles’
“The day we met Phahlane he was dressed in his police uniform. Phahlane was looking at vehicles and during our discussion, it became clear to me that he had a passion for vehicles,” he said in a statement taken at Garsfontein police station on
This statement follows a raid by directorate investigators on Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane’s R80 000 – rand Pretoria home last week. The raid is part of a broader corruption and defeating the ends of justice investigation into Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane and alleged kickbacks he received for awarding contracts to service providers.
It also follows a report by a source close to the investigation which states that the lifestyle audit on Phahlane comes amid suspicions that he has received kickbacks from police service providers.
Meanwhile, the businessman further explained how he approached Phahlane to be his black economic empowerment (BEE) partner which he (Phahlane) was willing to be. The police commissioner however was not able to be his partner due to his new appointment as acting police commissioner in October 2015
Speaking further about Phahlane Luxury Scandal, the businessman said that in December 2015, he decided to sponsor Phahlane with a vehicle to be used for community projects and Phahlane accepted the offer on the agreement that the commissioner would use the vehicle for 18 months and that it would be registered in Phahlane’s name so that he would be responsible for insurance‚ fuel‚ tolls and maintenance.
Among the six cars roped in Phahlane Luxury Scandal include a Land Rover Discovery‚ a Range Rover Sport‚ a Toyota Hilux bakkie and a VW Amarok bakkie‚ that have attracted the attention of the police watched.
Though Phahlane did not say whether or not he declared the alleged gift of the vehicle to the police, Rudolph Zinn‚ a professor in the department of police practice at the University of South Africa‚ said donations were regulated by standing orders in the police service.
“Donations must first be approved in writing by the SAPS. It must be an open and transparent process, and must be declared,” he said, pointing out that the vehicle could have been registered in the commissioner’s name – and not in that of the community project to which it was ostensibly donated- for the investigative directorate.
Corruption Watch’s executive director, David Lewis, however, weighed in on Phahlane Luxury Scandal, saying a gift from someone wanting to do business with you implied that the gift was intended to induce you. “It is called corruption. It is corruption 101,” he said.