Acting Police Chief, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane is reported to have been settling his personal bills with monies meant for the development of his department.
According to a police Affidavit sent to the court this week, the Police acting commissioner Phahlane has for five years now, been reducing his household and vehicle debt costing millions of rands.
IPID investigator Mandlakayise Mahlangu noted this in an affidavit showing allegations of corruption against Phahlane and two businesses that have contracts with the South African Police Service (SAPS).
The affidavit filed by Mahlangu has the following facts indicating the amount reduced by Phahlane. Special attention should be paid on the amount of the second bond that was registered for Phahlane’s home
- “Phahlane and his wife purchased a property in Sable Hills on 6 April 2010. The purchase price was R850 000. A bond was registered by Nedbank for R595 000;
- On June 21, 2011, a second bond was registered for an additional R2 200 000. The current balance on the above-mentioned bond is R258 777, which implies that Phahlane was able to reduce the bond with R2 536 233 in five years
- During the building process, other costs were incurred such as paying the architect, this architect was all kinds of expensive though. Phahlane paid R 109 489 for his services. The builder is also alleged to have received R 710 00 split up into three separate payments.
- The subcontractors were reportedly paid through his driver from the boot of a BMW vehicle. Sound a bit odd?
- The builder was then paid a total of R129 000 in cash, split up for various jobs
Next to these is a ridiculous R170 000 cash payment made for plaster on a fortnightly basis while other so-called workers like plumbers, electricians and tilers were also paid horrifying amounts at irregular intervals.
Further details in the investigation had it that Phahlane also took out bank loans to buy 4 vehicles at the same time. In fact, one of the loans given to the police chief is worth over R1m from Standard Bank.
In sum, about R93 million rand is being investigated as Mahlangu noted that evidence revealed that a SAPS contractor company bought around R400 000 of electronic goods which were sent to Phahlane’s house.
Reacting to these revelations, Phahlane’s spokesperson says they are letting the law take its course as it has already been referred to as a subject of a litigation process which is to be deliberated before a court of law”.
“The department will not dignify any questions in this regard, outside the boundaries of the court.”
While this goes on against the police chief, emerging reports from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that ten police officers and five Home Affairs officials have been arrested for contributing to the Lesotho illegal immigration in South Africa.
According to the report, the ten arrested police officials, alongside 5 Home affairs officials and 3 runners were frustrating efforts to solve the nation’s Lesotho illegal immigrants problem.
They were involved in the fraudulent endorsement of expired passports or travel documents in exchange for money or other forms of gratification.
This, according to SAPS and Hawks, is the fourth time a burst has been made at the Ficksburg border. Other areas they have been uncovered include the Beit Bridge Border Post in Musina, Limpopo, Vioolsdrift Port of Entry in Northern Cape and the Maseru Port of Entry.
The suspects will be appearing before the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 30 March 2017. There, they will face charges of fraud, corruption and the Contravention of the Immigration Act.