Latest public spat between top cop and police watchdog Ipid raises MPs' eyebrows

Ipid head Robert McBride and Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane are appearing together before Parliament’s police committee for the first time.

The police watchdog unit claims Phahlane deployed a senior police team to obstruct an investigation into his alleged involvement in tender and other irregularities.

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Phahlane has hit back at accusations by the investigative unit. He insists the probe is unlawful and that Ipid has been ‘captured’ by independent investigator Paul O’ Sullivan.

EWN's parliamentary correspondent Gaye Davis is following developments on the story.

What McBride is saying and what Ipid's chief investigator Matthew Sisoko has been saying is that there are systematic attempts to obstruct the investigation. There have been officers who have been instructed not to cooperate with Ipid, people have been moved out of positions...

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

We heard the national police commissioner saying the investigation against him he believes is unlawful.... He is claiming it has been captured, it should be called 'Opid' he says because it has been captured by the independent forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

Davis says MPs are concerned.

MPs are very concerned and have expressed that concern in no uncertain terms, one of them was just saying that it is just astonishing to hear the acting head of the police on the one hand and Ipid on the other taking these lines against each other here in a public forum.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

Click on the link below to listen to the full interview...

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