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Letshwiti’s high life attracts corruption claims

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Letshwiti

>Disgruntled local businesses report him to DCEC

>I am not part of tender committees- Letshiwti

Corruption busting agency, Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has confirmed the receipt of a letter implicating the Private Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Tshepiso Letshwiti in corruption dealings at the ministry.

In the letter delivered by post to the DCEC, Permanent Secretary and the Minister of Transport on February, 08th, Letshwiti is accused of engaging in corrupt activities in relation to awarding of tenders by the ministry.

The letter, which The Voice has in its possession, further states that disgruntled business people in the construction industry have made the tip-off.

Claiming that Letshwiti was notorious for receiving bribes from Chinese construction companies in exchange for tenders, the letter states thus: “We gave the ministry and the DCEC leads on how to get him and check out and implement a lifestyle audit which they did not. The only sensible thing now for us is to believe that the cartel is deeper than we thought. As citizens we continue to be watching as foreigners win jobs corruptly within the ministry. He lives beyond his means and recently bought Toyota Hilux GD 6 cash. He pays for houses for his women for over P25 000 monthly rentals and he bought the women in his life cars cash recently,” reads the letter.

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He can demand up to P500, 000 bribe, the letter alleges.

He is also accused of having profited from selling permits to foreigners when he worked at the ministry of labour and giving jobs to foreigners for a fee while at the Ministry of Health.

The complainants went on to express frustration and hopelessness in the tender process at the Ministry of Transport because apparently one cannot win unless one works closely with Letshwiti.

DCEC Spokesperson Lentswe confirmed receipt of the letter but could not divulge more information as the matter is still new.

When reached for a comment Letshwiti revealed that this is not the first time he has been accused of corruption and went on to deny all the allegations, arguing that it is not possible for him to meddle in the tender process when he is not part of any tender committees.

At the time of going to press he had not heard from the DCEC.

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