The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) said it is now worried about the increase in the number of case dockets that are being sold, leading to the defeat of justice.
One officer is said to have asked for as little as P50 in order to destroy a docket.
The DCEC’s Public Relations Officer, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, said, “DCEC is very worried about the escalating number of dockets that are being sold,” adding that, currently, DCEC has taken some police officers as well as Special Constables to court for destroying evidence in criminal cases that they were investigating.
He added that one particular special constable is the center of investigations after he allegedly solicited a very small amount to destroy a docket.
Motshoganetsi said that some of the officers were given cases to investigate but eventually solicited bribes from the suspects that they were investigating.
“This kind of behavior is uncalled for and defeats the wheels of justice,” he said.
He said this seems to be a new trend because before this, traffic officers were the ones often accused of soliciting bribes.
He cited a case in which a 37-year-old police officer appeared before Gaborone Village Magistrate Court recently charged with one count of corruption.
He said that the DCEC investigations revealed that the accused person, Negroes Jabulani, on the 29th September 2010 in Gaborone, while employed by the Botswana Police Service, solicited and received a bribe of P1 000 from one Bushy Marogwe in order for Jabulani to destroy a case docket.
Motshoganetsi said that Jabulani pleaded not guilty to the charge and will appear again on the 20th May 2011 for mention.
He appealed to the members of the public to forward information about officers who solicit bribes.
Senior Police Commissioner, Mathews Letsho, said, “although such cases are minimal, the police management strongly condemns such criminal acts of destroying dockets.”
He warned those who are involved in such acts and urged the public to forward any information that may lead to the arrest of police officers who solicit bribes.
He also appealed to the public to resist the tendency of seducing officers when they happen to be on the wrong side of the law.