BREAKING NEWS – Khomotso Phahlane Arrested

BREAKING NEWS – Khomotso Phahlane Arrested

January 27, 2020 2 By Luis Garrison


Former acting police commissioner, Khomotso
Phahlane, has been arrested early this morning, Friday 01 March 2019, this time on new charges
stemming from an Independent Police Investigative Directorate, IPID, investigation into an 86
million rand blue lights tender. Along with Phahlane, Major General Ravichandran
Pillay, the head of South African Police Service supply chain management, was also nabbed early
this Friday morning. They are expected to appear in the Johannesburg
Commercial Crimes Court later this Friday morning, on charges of fraud and corruption. The charges stem from a 2016 tender, awarded
to Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement, owned by Vimpie Manthatha. Last year, IPID arrested former Gauteng police
commissioner, Deliwe de Lange, national divisional commissioner in charge of supply chain management,
Lieutenant General Ramahlapi Mokwena, Brigadier James Ramajalum, and Gauteng deputy police
commissioner, Nombhuruza Napo, on charges of corruption, fraud, forgery, and uttering
in connection with the same case. De Lange was granted bail by the Johannesburg
Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, in November 2018. Manthatha is Accused Number One in the matter,
which was postponed to March 2019. Phahlane and Pillay are expected to be joined
to the De Lange case, after making their first appearances. Manthatha’s company, Instrumentation Traffic
Law Enforcement, was awarded a contract to supply, and install blue lights, sirens, and
radios in SAPS vehicles. Manthatha allegedly supplied fraudulent tax
clearance certificates to SAPS, in tender documents. De Lange, and her co-accused, who will all
plead not guilty, are alleged by the State to have failed to take the necessary steps
to disqualify Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement, and thereby misrepresented to
the accounting officer of the SAPS, and or National Treasury, that they did not have
a duty to ensure the winning bidder, was not awarded the contract to supply the equipment,
as it was not tax compliant, and or submitted fraudulent tax certificates. In 2011, The Star reported, that the Blue
light prince, Manthatha, travelled around, with his own blue light escort of Johannesburg
Metro Police Department vehicles. He denied this, saying he had an arrangement
with the JMPD, to get an escort when he hosted foreign dignitaries. It is not the first time Phahlane will find
himself in the dock as a result of alleged corruption, involving tenders awarded by the
SAPS. In February 2018, Phahlane and his wife, Beauty,
were charged with corruption, fraud, and money laundering, for accepting hefty kick-backs,
including vehicles, allegedly in exchange for the awarding of lucrative forensic equipment
supply tenders, to Forensic Data Analysts, owned by Keith Keating. In December 2017, IPID investigators raided
the homes of Keating and Phahlane, following nearly a year of investigation. However, in November 2018, charges against
Phahlane, were provisionally withdrawn in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes
Court. It is not immediately clear when, or if these
charges will be reinstated. In 2015, The Witness reported that Pillay,
who is overall in charge of police procurement, faced possible disciplinary action, for his
alleged links to controversial Durban businessman, Toshan Panday. Pillay was provided with a rental car, paid
for by one of Panday’s companies, which he used while on official police business. Panday has been accused of paying for gifts
to various KwaZulu-Natal top cops, in exchange for millions in SAPS tenders. Please check in the description box below,
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