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    S/Africa: Ex-top cop on trial for corruption

    APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

    South Africa’s former acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes court on Thursday to face alleged corruption and money-laundering charges alongside his wife in Pretoria.

    Phahlane, who was suspended in June 2017, is accused of fraud for allegedly taking kickbacks to secure police tenders for a company during his tenure as head of the police's forensics division.

    Phahlane and his wife handed themselves in to face the charges which first surfaced while the former was still a top cop as investigations by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), into his personal wealth got underway.

    The IPID probe also led to questions on how Phahlane as a police officer managed to earn so much money to afford a multi-million dollar home and luxury cars in an upmarket area of Pretoria.

    The couple will plead at a later date not yet disclosed.


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