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Phahlane labels Popcru allegations ‘untrue’

Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane is seen during a press briefing, 1 December 2016, at the SAPS Training Acadamy, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane is seen during a press briefing, 1 December 2016, at the SAPS Training Acadamy, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Phahlane released the report investigating the claims to put the matter to rest.

A range of allegations by police members against acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane have been found to be untrue.

The allegations ranged from procurement irregularities, that he had sexual relations with a string of women, paid scarce skills allowances irregularly and fraud, including that state money paid for his birthday party.

Phahlane released a report on the allegations on Thursday, saying: “This matter can finally be put to rest as in the past only the allegations were made known and never the findings.”

He said the police union, Popcru, had made these allegations in 2012 when he was divisional commissioner of the forensic services division.

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According to Phahlane, an investigation was conducted by an independent auditing company, CPN Forensic and Accounting Services, and a report was made available in April 2014.

He said he met with General Riah Phiyega, who was then the serving National Commissioner of Police, in April 2015 and she advised him of the report’s findings but did not make the findings and recommendations public.

“I am now releasing the report in my capacity as acting national commissioner of the police because year in and year out since then the allegations resurface in the form of media enquiries apparently originating from the same group of people.”

Civil litigation he had instituted was in process, “as my reputation has been brought into disrepute on several occasions”.

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