Phahlane's fate hangs in the balance

The former top cop is accusing the prosecution's team of colluding with police watchdog, IPID. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - NPA head Shamila Batohi will decide on the fate of former acting Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane. 

Phahlane has made representations to Batohi on why he should not be prosecuted on corruption charges relating to a multi-million rand blue light tender.

READ: UPDATE: Phahlane corruption case postponed to June

The charges stem from a 2016 tender awarded to Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement, owned by millionaire Vimpie Manthatha.

The former top cop is accusing the prosecution's team of colluding with police watchdog, IPID.

However, according to the investigating officer’s statement, the process of appointing the Blue Light installation company started in 2016.

Between 2017 and 2018 service orders were made to the tune of R86-million; even though the company was not tax-compliant.

Phahlane insists, that he can’t be held accountable for the contract.

" It's unheard of...these things are allowed to happen because there must be a narrative which paints one as this corrupt person", said Phahlane.

The former top cop, who is accused alongside 6 others, insists that ex IPID head Robert McBride is behind the so-called “witch hunt” 

While the NDPP's Batohi mulls over Phahlane’s prosecution, he faces another hurdle.

READ: Former acting police commissioner arrested

McBride is expected to implicate the former top cop when he testifies before the Zondo Commission.

McBride’s testimony was postponed last month to allow the commission time to inform all 30 parties implicated in his affidavit. 

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eNCA