Phahlane’s fraud and corruption case postponed

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The Corruption and fraud case against former acting National Police Commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane, his wife Brigadier Beauty Phahlane and third co-accused businessman Durandt Snyman has been postponed until June 7.

The trio made a brief appearance at the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Police watchdog, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) says more charges could be added and more suspects will be brought in.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini says: “The matter is postponed to the 7th of June for further exchanges of documents and evidence. The docket was disclosed to the lawyers of accused on Friday but that has not been completed so more documents are going to be exchanged. That is going to be finalized between now and the seventh.”

Phahlane, his wife and car dealer  Snyman are accused of corruption and fraud charges amounting to R900 000. They are also accused of contravening the provisions of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

IPID alleges that the couple received cars as kicks backs for multibillion rand tenders that General Phahlane granted to a police forensics supplier.

More witnesses could be added before the next appearance.

During their first court appearance Phahlane and his wife told the court that they intended to plead not guilty.

Meanwhile, IPID says its investigation is complete, the police watch dog says it has a strong case.

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