'Wrongfully' dismissed cop gets job back

Police badge PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Police badge PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Ketshepile Molebalwa, the police officer who was dismissed for neglect of duty including failure to attend to a report of rape, will be reinstated without loss of pay and benefits following victories at both the High Court and the appeals court.

He was dismissed from the Botswana Police Service (BPS) on October 31, 2019, after pleading guilty to neglect of duty, specifically failing to attend to a report of rape and leaving the police camp without permission.

Molebalwa was fined P500 on each count by Class II Board on June 26, 2019, and the disciplinary proceedings were forwarded to the Commissioner, who confirmed his dismissal. Filing a review application before the High Court, he contested the decision, arguing that he should have been tried by the Class III Board, given his lower rank.

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