State backed into a corner for DCEC raid

DCEC HQ. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
DCEC HQ. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

It was a challenging day for the State as the Court of Appeal (CoA) bench posed numerous questions about why and on what grounds the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) conducted a raid on an independent body like the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC).

The Attorney General (AG) representing the DIS appeared before the CoA last Thursday, appealing a judgment that ruled in favour of former Director-General of DCEC. Tymon Katlholo had taken the DIS to court in protest over the raid, which occurred in early 2022. The AG's attorney, Thabiso Olatotse, faced a tough time answering the judges' perplexing questions. The court had previously granted Katlholo, on behalf of DCEC, an interdict against DIS, which had raided and sealed his office allegedly in pursuit of dockets related to some officials of the intelligence agency. At that time, the DCEC was reportedly investigating some DIS officials, including Director-General Peter Magosi, leading to the raid while Katlholo was out of the country on official duty. Now, the State questioned whether it was right for Katlholo, in his capacity, to litigate on behalf of the corruption busting organ, raising questions about why DIS thought it was acceptable to raid another organisation.

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