Phahlane blames arrest on McBride

Former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has been granted R20, 000 bail.

PRETORIA - Axed national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane blames his arrest on Robert McBride, saying the embattled Independent Police Investigative Directorate boss is trying to score points.

Phahlane's appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court on fraud and corruption charges on Friday.

He and another senior officer were nabbed for their alleged role in a suspect tender to install sirens on police vehicles.

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Phahlane is charged for his alleged role in an R86-million tender to install blue lights.

He is joined in the dock by the police's head of procuring, Ravi Pillay.

In an affidavit, Phahlane protests his innocence saying he is convinced his arrest is nothing but an irrational set-up designed to humiliate and cause a sensation.

The former top cop says the timing of his arrest is suspect and is convinced it’s aimed at bolstering embattled McBride's image as a corruption buster.

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McBride's contract came to an end on Thursday but he's challenging this in court, which is yet to make a ruling.

In a statement, Phahlane says it’s clear McBride wants to use this case to get his job back and claims it's, in fact, McBride who is corrupt.

Forensic Consultant, Paul O'Sullivan has rubbished claims that he has a vendetta Phahlane.

O'Sullivan has been gathering intel on him over a number of years.

He says state capture wouldn't have happened if the likes of Phahlane had done their jobs instead of lining their own pockets.

Forensic expert Paul o'Sullivan comments on the arrest of former-acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Courtesy #DStv403

South African Policing Union's calling for a commission of inquiry into national commissioner General Kehla Sithole's fitness to hold office. Courtesy #DStv403

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