'We did not pay kickbacks to National Police Commissioner'
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CAPE TOWN - The director of a major police supplier has fiercely denied allegations that he suborned kickbacks to former acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane in a bid to sure tenders.
EWN has reported on Wednesday that police watchdog, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) had traced a money trail back to forensic data analysts director, Keith Keating.
Notably, Phahlane was suspended in June in order to allow Ipid to conclude its extensive fraud and corruption investigation.
According to evidence acquired by Ipid, Keating allegedly transferred funds to the Namibian bank account of Pretoria car dealer Durand Snyman.
The evidence reveals that those funds were used to procure vehicles. These vehicles were then registered in the names of Phahlane, his wife, his sister and a “Colonel Potgieter”.
Synman is said to be co-operating with Ipid while Phahlane maintains that the vehicles were merely "sponsored".
Earlier, the commissioner divulged that he received sponsored cars from a Pretoria car dealer.
These vehicles have subsequently been linked to Keating.
Keating slammed back at these allegations, citing it a probing mission designed to further tarnish Phahlane’s already scandalous name.
Keating added that he does not take to these claims lightly and has committed to provide an extensive response next week.
Additionally, in July this year, Phahlane victoriously refuted a corruption claim. The former commissioner was awarded R350 000 in damages over the corruption accusation.
This comes after the Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (Popcru) laid corruption claims against Phahlane in 2012.
Phahlane then retaliated by filing a R500 000 lawsuit against Popcru, its secretary Steve Matsemela and three policemen who were whistle-blowers in the case against him, for tarnishing his name.
“We always maintained there were attacks and assault on my integrity, unfairly so. These were ridiculous allegations which were far from the truth”, said Phahlane.
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE