How top cop Phahlane was ‘shielded’ from prosecution
Ipid boss explains to Zondo probe how the watchdog and NPA were bent to shield the former police commissioner
Former top cop Khomotso Phahlane allegedly enjoyed the protection of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) – both institutions shielding him from criminal investigation and prosecution in 2016.
While Ipid is recognised as the state’s police watchdog, it was within its own ranks where complaints of misconduct lodged against Phahlane seemingly disappeared. And when investigations finally begun, the NPA refused to prosecute.
The manner in which these institutions were bent to protect senior police managers was the focus of the state capture inquiry on Wednesday when Ipid’s national head of investigations, Matthews Sesoko, took the stand...