Khomotso Phahlane Officially Fired After 3 Years Of Suspension
Former acting national police commissioner has been fired from SAPS, according to a report by eNCA.
When contacted for a comment by News24, SAPS could neither confirm nor deny the report.
eNCA made the report on Thursday evening but did not disclose who the source was.
When contacted by News24, national police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo for comment.
“I cannot confirm or deny, as these are internal processes,” he said.
Phahlane also declined to comment when contacted by the same publication.
“I am not able to talk to you at this stage,” he said.
Phahlane was suspended in June 2017 with immediate effect following claims by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to Parliament that he was interfering in the directorate’s probes.
The former police commissioner is also facing fraud charges, along with other high-ranking officers – Lieutenant General Ramahlapi Johannes Mokwena, national divisional commissioner in charge of supply chain management; Brigadier James Ramanjalum; former Gauteng police commissioner Deliwe de Lange; Gauteng deputy police commissioner Major-General Brigadier Nombhuruza Lettie Napo; and Major General Ravichandran Pillay.
The officers have been charged with fraud and forgery, stemming from a 2016 tender of R86 million awarded to Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement, owned by millionaire Vimpie Manthatha.
Phahlane was appointed acting commissioner in October 2015, following Riah Phiyega’s suspension. He had previously served as divisional commissioner for forensic services in SAPS.