Phahlane and Pillay receive R20k bail

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Former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and senior police procurement officer Ravi Pillay have been granted R20,000 bail each. On Friday, both officials appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes court on fraud charges.

According to the reports, they involved in a controversial contract establishment worth an estimated R86 million to supply blue emergency lights for police vehicles.

Last year, law enforcement units arrested four senior police officials and a service provider in relation to the case. All of them made their appearances in court in November.

In his affidavit to apply for bail, Phahlane attacked former Ipid head Robert McBride, saying his arrest was malicious and designed to humiliate him and cause a sensation. The former commissioner claimed that McBride has been trying to put him behind bars in order to receive the Ipid director’s post back.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled for Thursday.

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