The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is fighting a potentially landmark case in court on Thursday — one that aims to protect its officers from being personally targeted by the police they investigate. Neither Police Minister Bheki Cele nor national police commissioner Khehla Sitole are opposing Ipid’s application. The case was born out of the ugly legal drama that erupted between former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and Ipid, after the directorate launched a high-profile corruption investigation into the police chief. The state was forced to provisionally withdraw its fraud and corruption case against Phahlane, his wife Beauty and Pretoria used-car dealership owner Durant Snyman earlier in June. Specialised Commercial Crime Court magistrate Nicca Setshogoe refused to grant the state’s application for a three-month postponement of the case‚ saying "when the investigation is complete‚ you can bring the matter before court". Phahlane and his w...

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