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Sebina brothers drag Magosi to court

Publishing Date : 14 October, 2019


The Sebina brothers, Tshepo and Kegone Sebina have swiftly moved an application to counter sue the State and Director General of the Intelligence Security (DIS) Brigadier Peter Magosi, over an ex parte search warrant that was issued against them earlier this year.

Earlier this year, Magosi successfully applied for ex parte search warrant on the brothers before the Village Magistrate Court. The two brothers were accused of being involved in corrupt dealings with former DIS spy chief, Colonel Isaac Kgosi. It was alleged that the brothers had been corruptly awarded tenders in about 52 companies in which 48 of these pointed to have the three brothers as directors/shareholders.

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), sometime in May, requested the Kgatleng Land Board to give him information on immobile properties registered under Tshepo, Victor, Ewetse and Katinah Sebina together with the 48 companies linked to their persons. Whilst the properties of Kegone and Tshepo were raided and the properties were also allegedly linked to Kgosi.  The investigators allegedly made way with documents.

A close source from the Department on Public Prosecution (DPP), has confirmed that they are aware of the application but the matter has not been allocated a date for hearing. The brothers who are represented by Counsel Sepego of Sepego Attorneys, have already filed a notice of 30 days to the state.

Another source revealed to this publication that the brothers are challenging the DIS to prove beyond reasonable doubt why they say that they have been involved in illegal tendering associated with Kgosi. The brothers want to know how the corruption allegations are linked to them. They say the ex parte search warrant they were issued with, was an ambush because they were not forewarned or given an opportunity to challenge it. An ex parte warrant is issued by a magistrate without requiring all parties of the dispute to be present, the legal proceeding is brought by one party in the absence of and without representation of or notification to the other party.

According to the source, the brothers are complaining that the DIS is using Botswana Revenue Services (BURS) to conduct illegal and oppressive audits as punishment. It is alleged that their offices have been broken into twice on different occasions and only computer servers were stolen. When reached for comment the attorney on the matter, Sepego denied of such an application, “I am not aware of any application and my clients have not lodged anything with me.”