Phahlane corruption and fraud charges withdrawn

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Corruption and fraud case against former acting National Police Commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane and his co-accused have been withdrawn at the Commercial Crimes court in Pretoria.

This after the court refused to postpone the matter for a third time.

The charges relate to Phahlane and his wife, Beauty, allegedly accepting vehicles from a car dealer, Durandt Snyman, as a form of gratuity.

The State requested a three month postponement saying it needed more time to arrange a trial date and complete some of its investigations.

Phahlane’s legal team however opposed the postponement asking for the matter to be struck off the roll.

Phahlane’s legal team further argued that IPID brought the matter to court prematurely and that the police-watchdog is still on a wide search for more charges to bolster their case.

The court ruled that a further postponement would prejudice Phahlane and his co-accused.