In an article by Eye-Witness News it has been revealed that police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), has established a direct link between a major police forensics supplier and the cars which former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane claimed were sponsored to him.
The details are contained in an investigation update Ipid sent to acting National Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba last week.
Phahlane was suspended in June to allow Ipid to conclude its investigation into allegations of corruption and fraud.
The watchdog body has now requested that Phahlane’s wife and another senior official be suspended so they can conclude their investigation.
Phahlane has declined to comment on new evidence of a money trail leading to a major SA Police Service (SAPS) supplier.
Evidence obtained by Ipid shows how the director of a police supplier paid large sums of money into a car dealer’s offshore account, and how the funds were then used to buy the cars given to Phahlane and his family.
Statements of car dealer Durand Snyman’s Namibian bank account show payments of more than R1,820,000 from forensic data analyst director Keith Keating between January and March last year.
Snyman has previously confirmed he sponsored vehicles to Phahlane.
Phahlane insists there is nothing untoward with the cars he received from Snyman, adding that he played no part in the awarding of tenders.
Further records show Snyman then transferred the cash to South African bank accounts or other car dealers to buy cars.
These vehicles were then registered in the names of Phahlane, his wife, his sister and a colonel Potgieter.
Phahlane himself has reiterated that the vehicles were sponsored.
He says allegations of this nature must be thoroughly investigated and presented to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in order to make a decision on whether to prosecute.
Snyman says he is co-operating with Ipid in their investigation, while Keating says the allegations are completely unfounded and untrue.