Sunday, May 22, 2022

Number of police officers facing bribery charges shocks DCEC

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) said it is shocked by the increasing number of police officers who have been nailed in the last two weeks.

The Public Relations Officer of DCEC, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, said that “in the last two weeks a good number of police officers were arrested by DCEC investigators on bribery allegations”.

“DCEC was really shocked with the high number of police officers who were engaged in bribes,” he said, adding, however, that it is not rare for the DCEC to arrest such a high number of police officers.

Motshoganetsi was reluctant to divulge the exact number of officers implicated in the bribery allegations, only conceding that the number is high and shocking and might also compromise their investigations.

“This kind of ill acts is very worrying to us, therefore, we really appeal to the public to stop the tendency to bribe police officers,” he said.

Motshoganetsi added that the public should be aware that once they bribed an officer they too are also committing a crime and those found out will be brought to book.

The Director of Traffic Division, Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce Paledi, also said that he is very worried about the “bribery allegations within the traffic division”.

“As police, we condemn corruption at all cost and are aware that there are some officers who might choose to engage in such ill activities.”

He pointed a finger at some members of the public who have a tendency to bribe police officers after being caught on the wrong side of the law.

Paledi said he is aware of one particular inspector who is under investigation but would not divulge his name or the circumstances surrounding the investigations.
“DCEC has not yet informed me about the arrest of my officers who are alleged to have been arrested recently on bribery allegations,” he said.

He appealed to members of the public to also play their role and not bribe officers, saying that this worsens the situation.

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