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Former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane sacked

Former SAPS acting national commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. (Photo: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Sandile Ndlovu)

Phahlane faces charges relating to procurement fraud totalling R84m and is linked to a ‘blue lights tender’ for Gauteng police vehicles.

Three years and R4-million later, former acting national commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has finally been dismissed from the South African Police Services.

The former lieutenant-general was found guilty on Thursday 30 July in a disciplinary hearing of “elements of dishonesty, which justify a sanction of dismissal”.  

The finding was made by Lieutenant-General Johannes Riet, divisional commissioner for supply chain management.

Approached by Daily Maverick for comment, SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, missing an opportunity to highlight SAPS’s commitment to rooting out corruption, replied that he was “not at liberty to discuss internal matters in the public domain”.

In June the Special Anti-Corruption Task Team, supported by members of the NPA’s Investigative Directorate, netted eight high-ranking SAPS members in a dawn raid in Gauteng. The busts followed investigations into a R56-million tender for the branding of police vehicles.

Phahlane currently faces charges relating to procurement fraud totalling R84-million and linked to a “blue lights tender” for Gauteng police vehicles.

His co-accused are Gauteng police head General Deliwe de Lange, Major-General Nombhuruza Napo, Lieutenant-General Ramahlapi Mokwena, national divisional commissioner for supply chain management, and Brigadier James Ramanjalum, head of procurement at SAPS.

Phahlane was suspended as acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service on 7 June 2017 on charges of misconduct. Prior to this, he acted in the position from October 2015 to June 2017. 

Phahlane was then served on 28 July 2017 with a notice to appear at a disciplinary hearing convened and chaired by advocate Terry Motau.

In May 2020 Phahlane lost his court bid to halt his SAPS disciplinary. In the matter, Phahlane requested the court to “exempt” him for failing to adhere to internal remedies provided for in SAPS regulations. 

He brought the application against the national police commissioner, the minister of police, the minister of public service and administration, advocate Terry Motau and the Public Service Commission.

In that matter, Phahlane, who is now out of a job, was ordered to pay the costs. DM


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