Sunday, October 25, 2020

Another official linked to businessman’s death

Another Government official has been arrested after issuing a fraudulent driver’s license to prime suspect Bhekizwe Nkomazana who allegedly robbed Gaborone businessman Solomon Tlhapane of P3, 9 million after his death.

Information reaching The Telegraph suggests that last week police detectives raided Department of Transport and Road Safety offices following allegations that the officer allegedly issued a fraudulent driver’s license to the Zimbabwean.

It is reported that the license was issued sometime last year.

The said officer was allegedly bribed by the prime suspect for about P12 000 in-order to issue the driver’s license.

A portion of the P3, 9 million that was deposited into the prime suspect’s bank account was allegedly transferred to Zimbabwe and the police are also said to be making  arrangements to extend their investigation to Zimbabwe to trace and possibly recover part of the money.

Police sources told this publication that the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) is making legal arrangements to seize the two properties; a house and a piece of land in Oodi that were sold by the suspect illegally after Thapane’s death.

A house was sold for P3,5 million while a piece of land was sold for about P400 000.

Botswana Police Service spokesperson assistant police commissioner Witness Bosija would not want to discuss the details of the matter.

“The case is still under investigation and whatever developments that the police have already made it will be said before the court next week Friday,” he said.

Tlhapane was kept in the mortuary by the suspect who was his gardener for about three months without the knowledge of his close relatives.

Four people including Nkomazana were arrested and charged with five counts that include corruption, giving false information to a public officer as well as obtaining by false pretences. They are scheduled to appear before the extension 2 magistrate court next week Friday. 

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