Monday, June 21, 2021

DCEC brain drained

Skilled officers are said to be leaving the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime for the private sector in large numbers, primarily because they are lured by better pay that government continuously fails to match.

This was revealed by the Minister of Justice Defense and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse, and DCEC Director, Rose Seretse, on Monday.

Lots of skilled officers, primarily from the investigations department, are said to be leaving the directorate in droves and joining the banking industry, where they are hired as risk managers and security managers.

“This comes at a pain to us, especially as we invest so much in these officers, only to eventually lose them to the private sector. You will agree with me that it takes some time to acquire skills in investigation to a point where one is considered a skilled investigator,” said Seretse.
She added that government has made new arrangements through which the problem can be addressed, which will effectively include better working conditions and improved remuneration.

“Despite the fact that it is a specialized organization, the DCEC has been operating not as a security organization, but rather under the guidelines of the public service act. There is need for a distinction, and we are currently formulating mechanisms to review their conditions of service,” said Minister Seretse.

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