Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Former BNSC CEO charged with indecent assault

Former Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) Chief Executive Officer, Percy Sekgomanyane Raditladi, who resigned from the council recently, has been charged with two counts, ranging from indecent assault to abuse of office.

Raditladi, who appeared before Broadhurst Magistrate Taboka Slave on Friday, was charged together with Phenyo Russell Ngakane, Director of Highway Tricks and Letsholo Mmereki, a police officer based at Gaborone West Police Station.

In count one, on or about 7th June 2013, at Phiring in Gaborone, Raditladi is said to have unlawfully and indecently assaulted Khumoetsile Johannes by holding his genitals (penis).

According to the charge sheet, in count two, on or about 19th July, in Gaborone, whilst a person employed in the Public Service, namely the BNSC as the Chief Executive Officer, in abuse of the authority of his office, knowingly and without lawful authority, hired a motor vehicle from Avis Car rental services, in the name of BNSC to run his personal errands; by giving the said motor vehicle to Highway Tricks, a company officering Private Investigating services to be used for the accused person’s personal errands which were to stalk one Khumoetsile Johannes.

In count three, Ngakane, Mmereki and another not before the court, on or about 18th July 2013, at Bokamoso Private Hospital Premises, acting together and in concert, entered into Bokamoso Private Hospital premises with intent to intimidate and or annoy Khumoetsile Johannes who lawfully resided in Bokamoso Hospital premises.

The three men pleaded not guilty to the charges they are facing.

Magistrate Slave ordered that the accused persons pay P2000 each for bail and should appear for mention on 16 September. This was after their lawyer, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae of Ngakaagae and Mbikiwa Attorneys, successfully applied for bail. The state was represented by Chief Prosecution Council, Mosweu Ditodi of the Directorate and Public Prosecution.

Raditladi quit his position as BNSC CEO recently, only 10 months after joining the organisation.
In a statement, the council’s chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng, said Raditladi resigned due to ill-health.

Raditladi joined the Sports Council in September last year. He is credited with the implementation of several reforms such as the restructuring of the secretariat, as well as launching the council’s vision 2018 strategic plan.

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