The businessman‚ whose identity is known to reporters‚ has detailed his relationship with Phahlane in a sworn statement which is believed to form part of the case being investigated by the Independent Investigative Police Directorate (IPID).
In the statement‚ seen by Timeslive‚ the businessman said he met Phahlane about four years ago in his dealership in Pretoria North.
“The day we met‚ Phahlane was dressed in his police uniform. Phahlane was looking at vehicles and during our discussion it became clear to me that that he had a passion for vehicles‚” he states in the affidavit.
He alleges that Phahlane was willing to be his BEE partner and discussions began.
The man said Phahlane was then appointed acting police commissioner in October 2015 and the partnership was not discussed further.
The businessman said in December 2015‚ he decided that he wanted to sponsor Phahlane with a vehicle to use for his community projects and Phahlane agreed to the offer.
The man said he decided on a Toyota Hilux because of its good resale value‚ saying the agreement was that Phahlane would use the vehicle for 18 months and that it would be registered in Phahlane’s name so he could be responsible for insurance‚ fuel‚ tolls and maintenance.
This is one of the six cars‚ which are said to include a Land Rover Discovery‚ a Range Rover Sport‚ a Toyota Hilux bakkie and a VW Amarok bakkie‚ that have since drawn the attention of the directorate.
Rudolph Zinn‚ a professor in the department of police practice at the University of South Africa‚ said donations were guided by standing orders in the police service.
“(The donation) must first be approved in writing from the SAPS. It must be an open and transparent process and must be declared. So‚ there must be an application process to receive the donation‚” Zinn said.
He said that in this specific case‚ of interest to the IPID investigators would be why the vehicle was registered in the commissioner’s name and not the community project to which it was donated.
The car dealer however stated in the affidavit that he had “no dealings with the SAPS and this sponsorship was solely for the purposed (sic) of my future BEE requirements and intentions with Phahlane…”