Former Acting National Police Commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane and his co-accused are off the hook for now. This after Ipid was forced to withdraw its corruption and fraud case at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Magistrates Court in Pretoria.
General Phahlane was accused along with his wife Brigadier Beauty Phahlane and car dealer Durandt Synman. They were accused of accepting cars from the dealer as a form of gratuity.
IPID withdraws corruption and fraud case against former Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and co-accused.
IPID is doing meandos?
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BREAKING NEWS: Ipid withdraws charges against Phahlane
Ipid has withdrawn its corruption and fraud case against former acting National Police Commissioner General #KhomotsoPhahlane and his co-accused at the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria. pic.twitter.com/YPpf05O5eK
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The state requested a three month postponement, saying it needed more time to arrange a trial date and complete its investigations.
Phahlane’s legal team however opposed the postponement, asking for the matter to be struck off the roll.
They further argued that IPID brought the matter to court prematurely, describing the initial arrest as a publicity stunt.
The court ruled that a further postponement would prejudice Phahlane and his co-accused.
The IPID is yet to react to the latest developments in the case of former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Phahlane is no longer an accused in a fraud, money laundering and corruption case.