Bill to give DCEC more powers, autonomy


Member of Parliament for Selebi-Phikwe West Dithapelo Keorapetse has notified the National Assembly of his intention to table a Bill to amend the Corruption and Economic Crime Act (CECA), which established the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC).

According to Keorapetse, the purpose of the Bill is to make the DCEC more independent and improve its powers, effectiveness and efficiency and appear before the Public Accounts Committee for examination of its books of account.  This will also see the DCEC have, amongst other things, the powers to prosecute and broaden its scope to cover offences such as insider trading that clearly prohibit ministers and all civil servants above rank of Director and parastatals CEOs or their close family from doing any business with government or parastatals they work for. On the letter he wrote to the Parliamentary Counsel, Keorapetse indicated that he wants the DCEC to be an independent legal entity and for its Director to be the appointing and disciplinary authority.

“Moreover, I want the DCEC to account directly to Parliament,” he said.

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This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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