Former National Police Commissioner And Others Granted Bail

PICTURE: Masi Losi

Former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, his wife Beauty Phahlane and businessman Durand Snyman have been granted R10 000 bail each for fraud and corruption charges at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

The former commissioner and his wife approached the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, to face charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Phahlane’s wife and Snyman will be back in court on the 12th of March. They did not plead however they plan to plead not guilty in their next court appearance.

This is in relation to alleged kickbacks that Phahlane received for awarding tenders while he was still headed the forensic division.

According to the charge sheet, the couple faces the charges with other co-accused, Durandt Snyman who is also implicated in these allegations.

The former police boss and his wife are alleged to have received vehicles from the businessman known as Snyman.

Part of the charge sheet against Phahlane his wife and states that they stand accused of corruption, fraud over the alleged gifts they received.

Meanwhile, according to Phahlane, these cars were sponsored vehicles.

Phahlane was suspended last year after he was accused of fraud and corruption for illegally awarding tenders.

In an exclusive interview with The New Age earlier this year, Phahlane also further denied allegations in relation to an R80 000 home theatre system, allegedly paid for by businessman John Henry Deale, whose company was allegedly awarded a R50 million contract to supply the Police Department with equipment used for investigations.

He rejected the allegation, saying he had footed the bill himself.

Meanwhile in December last year, Ipid raided Phahlane’s properties during a joint operation with the Hawks.