Kgotlhane’s troubles with the DIS

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Suspended Deputy Director General (DG) of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Tefo Kgotlhane, has been employed as the Deputy Director General of DIS since May 2, 2018.

Kgotlhane is alleged to have been part of a five member presidential task force commissioned to establish the DIS in March 2018 during the former president Ian Khama’s tenure. He joined the security unit when he was appointed by Khama as deputy intelligence and security director on April 9, 2008, eight days after taking office as president. Kgotlhane served under Khama and former DIS boss, Isaac Kgosi, before he allegedly quit in June 2024. It was reported that there were professional differences between him and Magosi.

However, the DIS was his home as evidenced by him once serving as its acting Director General. His troubles started in 2021 when he was accused of corruption and was arrested by Magosi’s officers in September 2021, following which it is alleged that he was subjected to interrogation on matters relating to past and ongoing projects of the DIS. According to court documents, he was released after interrogation from which time he proceeded with his duties until June 14, 2022 when he was called by the DIS Director, Legal and the lead investigator, who told him that the investigations were complete and he would be charged in a court of law. “Whilst waiting for the charges he received a letter from Magosi interdicting and suspending him from duty on or around August 1, 2022. The letter stated that he was under investigation relating to possible corruption allegedly committed by him concerning two companies being A.R. Electronics and Vlatacom,” reads court papers. It is mentioned that paragraph two of the suspension letter stated that; “It is on the basis of the above allegations that I have decided to invoke my powers in terms of Section 15 (1) of the Intelligence and Security (Act) as read together with Section 12 (1) of the Code of Conduct of the Directorate as well as the Public Service Act no 30 of 2008 Section 35 and interdict you from further performance of your duties with immediate effect pending investigations into these allegations and/or the institution of disciplinary proceedings against you.” After his suspension, it was revealed that he approached his attorneys who wrote a letter to Magosi dated September 8, 2022 objecting to the suspension.

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