The crimes in the country, may be threatening the peace of the people; but when an investigation is stalled due to private consideration, it becomes complicit. Police watchdog IPID has demanded that the acting police commissioner stay away from any investigation involving its officers.

In a letter  of demand sent to Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, IPID alleges that he used his position to illegally obtain documents related to their investigation against him, and to which a suspect is not supposed to have access.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate makes the following demands in the letter, That Phahlane stay away from any investigation by the SAPS into IPID officials; that he ensure no police officers facing an IPID investigation become involved in any counter-investigation into IPID officials, that the North West detective team ceases investigating IPID officers immediately.

The letter, sent by law firm Adams & Adams on behalf of IPID was sent to Phahlane and the provincial commissioners for Gauteng and North West, on May 12.

The law firm said its represents IPID and two of its officers, Mandlakayise Mahlangu and Temane Binang.

However, Mahlangu and Binang are the lead investigators in corruption and defeating the ends of justice cases against Phahlane. has been confirmed that they have been charged and summoned to appear in court at the end of May, following a criminal case Phahlane opened earlier this year.

Moreover, Phahlane alleged in the case that forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan and his assistant Sarah Jane Trent pretended to be IPID officers when they visited the Sable Hills Estate, where Phahlane lives, as part of Mahlangu’s and Temane’s investigation.

O’Sullivan and Trent have denied the allegations.

The legal steps Phahlane has taken in retaliation against the IPID investigation against him has been revealed.