CONCERNED: Makgophe

Botswana Police Service Commissioner, Keabetswe Makgophe, has expressed concern over rising corrupt practices among police officers.  

Makgophe said this during the closing of the annual 47th Senior Officers Conference last Friday in Gaborone. 

The Commissioner said recently more than ten officers from different stations were suspended on allegations of corruption.

Some were said to have been found with money suspected to be proceeds of bribery from motorists facing traffic offences.

“You will never win the war against corruption if respectable members of the society are taking advantage of junior officers to entice them to accept bribes. I can dismiss corrupt officers as much as I can but if Batswana are not helping we cannot win the fight. This is our country and if we corrupt police officers then we might as well forget about the wealth of the nation at large,” said Makgophe. 

The Commissioner says they need to increase public education about human trafficking.

He said it is true that Botswana is used as transit to traffic people to other countries and even some of Batswana have been trafficked.  

Makgophe said he was also concerned by suspects who continue to violate conditions and repeating similar offences after being granted bail by the courts of law.

He said he was aware of public concerns over repeat offenders who keep committing offences after being granted bail, but noted that it is within their rights to be considered innocent until proven guilty. 

“We however continuously engage with stakeholders in the criminal justice system because they take into consideration the concerns of victims of crime. Victims are complaining that there seems to be a lot of protection provided to suspects and very little for them,” he added   

When asked about rumours that he was on suspension and likely to be deployed, the Police Commissioner denied the allegations.

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