Johannesburg – According to a video, after fighting the robbers, Phahlane dives behind a couch while his wife and the spa employee struggle with the criminals.
The attempted robbery took place at the Ayothaya Thai Spa in Dunkeld on the afternoon of Sunday June 5 2016.
Police said at the time that the acting commissioner chased the robbers away when he fought back.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told reporters at the time that Phahlane accompanied his wife to the spa and was waiting for her in the car.
He noticed two men entering the spa wearing balaclavas and armed with pistols and sprung into action.
“He fought with the two guys with the view to take away the firearms. He managed to ward them off and they ran away.”
The video News24 has seen shows two armed men walking into the spa.
Phahlane does initially struggle with the two men, punching one of them in the face. He falls to the floor as the two robbers leave the spa.
However, they do not speed off in their car, as the SAPS and Phahlane had originally claimed.
In reply to questions from reporters, Phahlane’s spokesperson Brigadier Mashadi Selepe said, “There is no dispute on the sequence of events which unfolded on the day of the attack at the spa …
“It is unfortunate that you are suggesting a misrepresentation of facts which will be found nowhere in the department’s reporting on the matter. It is found suspicious or why you are in possession of such recordings which is a subject of investigation. Such recordings can under no circumstances be made public.”