The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is set to rebrand itself following rigorous consultations with the public and the Office of the President.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, the Public relations Officer of the DCEC, revealed that following consultations that DCEC undertook certain organizational changes will be implemented as a way to improve service delivery, customer service, public perception and the overall image of the organization.
The DCEC’s mission leans on three aspects: investigation, prevention and education. The DCEC is mandated to investigate allegations of corruption and related offenses and to bring suspects to book and educating the public on issues of corruption.
Motshoganetsi highlighted that currently there are some ongoing internal processes that are geared at improving service delivery at DCEC.
These include the recruitment of two senior expatriate officers at Deputy Director Level (F2).
The directorate will only have a leeway to design its own conditions of service, have its own pay structures, recruitment, training and independence from the general scheme of service for the public service.
He, however, noted that the process is still ongoing; hence the DCEC is still governed by the Public Service Act and thus public service conditions of service apply.
Motshoganetsi said that the rebranding will not affect the primary mandate of the DCEC.
“The issues that have changed are trends in corruption and advanced methods in which criminals use in carrying out crime,” he said.
In any case, the rebranding exercise is expected to align the anticorruption quest with dynamic and new ways, which perpetrators of corruption adopt in an endeavor to achieve their course.
He added that the initiative of re-branding is in no way apart from the national strategy.
Citing the inaugural speech by the President of the Republic, Motshoganesti said the President assured the public that part of his plan is “to channel resources towards fighting corruption and indeed that is taking shape”.
He noted that rebranding exercise is an attempt to fight some of the negative perceptions the public has about DCEC.
These he said included perceptions that DCEC only investigates and prosecutes low profile people while corrupt by high profile people does not attract similar attention.
The new brand logo for DCEC will use icons such as the eye, the spider and its web. These icons represent the mandate of the DCEC, that is targeting all corruption related offenses and initiatives throughout the country.
Motshoganetsi emphasized that the mandate of the DCEC is not to target people because of societal position, wealth status, religion and political affiliation or tribe, but rather to spear-head anti-corruption initiatives in the country without fear and favour.