Monday, January 18, 2021

Physical planner slapped with twenty-seven counts of corruption

An assistant physical planner, Botswelelo Kebiditswe, has been arraigned before the Letlhakane Magistrate Court on corruption charges.

The 36-year-old Kebiditswe was employed by the Central District Council and has been under investigation by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) for close to ten years.

According to the investigations carried by the DCEC, Kebiditswe, on several occasions between 2002 and 2006 in Letlhakane whilst employed by the Central District Council as an Assistant Physical Planner, knowingly failed to disclose the nature of his interest in BK Planning, an entity for which he was the sole proprietor.

Kebiditswe allegedly drafted and submitted building plans for twenty two people, four companies and the Assemblies of God church for planning and building approval permission by the Council for which the twenty-seven approvals were granted by his employer.

The investigation further revealed that BK Planning was a bogus company whose registration papers are questionable.

A plea has been reserved.

The accused is represented by Sadique Kebonang Attorneys while Mpho Letsoalo is prosecuting.

The DCEC has indicated that it is seriously disturbed by the rising number of conflict of interest cases.

In an interview with The Telegraph, DCEC Public Relations Officer, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, said that although they have not yet compiled the figures on the outstanding number of registered conflict of interest cases, the DCEC is very worried about the increase in such cases.

In a separate interview, Senior Council Secretary in Letlhakane Sub-District, Motshariemang Matsika, told The Telegraph on Monday that he could not comment on the matter since it was in the hands of the DCEC.

He said the Council will only be in a position to discuss the matter after the court process.
Kebiditswe is scheduled to appear for mention on the 18th of June when he is expected to take a plea.

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