Monday, January 17, 2022

DCEC sting operation catches official red-handed

A Deputy Regional Director in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs is at the centre of investigations by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime DCEC on allegations of receiving a P4 000 bribe.

The alleged suspect is said to have tendered his resignation from the public service upon release from custody.

Reports from Francistown state that the Deputy Regional Director based in Francistown has long been under surveillance by the DCEC agents on suspicions of unprofessional conduct.

It is reported that this time, some employees of a particular company based in Francistown lodged their grievances to the labour office.

The DCEC received a tip off that the alleged officer is soliciting a bribe from the company in question and within a few days the DCEC agents set him up.

On the October4, the alleged suspect was presented with cash amounting to P4 000 as per the set requirement. He was immediately by the agents and detained.

However on the October 8, soon after being released from custody, the suspect tendered his resignation.

DCEC spokesperson, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, confirmed to The Telegraph on Monday that his office arrested and detained one of the Senior Officers at the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs.

“It is true the DCEC office in Francistown is questioning one particular officer based in Francistown,” said Motshoganetsi.

He said the matter in question falls under the top five cases that are often reported to the DCEC. Motshoganetsi pointed out that most of the cases often reported involve procurement, land, conflict of interest and work and residence permits.

He said DCEC has a number of cases that are under investigations involving labour issues.

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