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07 Jun 2018 11:36
It was alleged that Snyman gave Khomotso Phahlane and his wife vehicles, which were paid for by a police contractor who received billions in forensic contracts. (Gallo)
The corruption case against former police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, his wife Beauty and co-accused Durand Snyman has been withdrawn after the state’s application for a further postponement was dismissed.
Magistrate Nicola Setshoege on Thursday dismissed the state’s application for a postponement which led to the state withdrawing the matter against the three accused.
“The application for postponement would be prejudicial for the accused,” said Setshoege.
She added that the state had not persuaded her on why they would be prejudiced if the court removed the matter from the roll.
It was alleged that Snyman gave the Phahlanes vehicles, which were paid for by a police contractor who received billions in forensic contracts.
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They made their first appearances in February, and were each released on R10 000 bail.
The allegations of corruption against the former acting national police commissioner surfaced more than a year ago, as questions arose about how he could afford a multimillion-rand home.
The allegations escalated recently, as IPID included police supplier Keith Keating and his company, Forensic Data Analysts (FDA), in its investigation.
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In December, a joint operation between the Hawks and IPID saw seven properties connected to Keating and Phahlane raided.
News 24 reported last year that Keating’s company, FDA, had allegedly received R5-billion in SAPS contracts since 2010.
Phahlane, Snyman and Keating previously denied the allegations against them. — News 24
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