Selebi saga a reminder that crime does not pay – Cosatu

2011-12-02 13:09

Jackie Selebi’s time in jail will remind corrupt people that crime does not pay, Cosatu said today.

“Cosatu hopes that eventually all those who can’t explain their huge bank balances and who can’t explain how they became overnight multimillionaires will eventually join him in prison,” the union federation said in a statement.

The former police commissioner and head of Interpol had 48 hours to report to prison to start serving his 15-year sentence after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal against his conviction.

“It is regrettable that a man with such an impeccable record in the struggle against apartheid is going to spend 15 years in prison for accepting R166 000, a small sum compared with the amounts others are looting from the state through tenderpreneurship activities.

“Nevertheless, in Cosatu’s view, corruption is as bad as apartheid was. Both are based on marginalising the poor, most of whom are black in general and Africans in particular.”

The IFP felt the dismissal of the appeal sent a powerful message about the severe consequences of corruption.

“At long last we have closed this shameful chapter in our history that has severely dented the image of the (SA Police Service), and the integrity and credibility of South Africa as a whole,” said IFP spokesperson Velaphi Ndlovu.

Selebi was convicted for receiving money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.

“This is an important signal to send out if we want to successfully deal with corruption in our country,” Ndlovu said.

The party said the National Prosecuting Authority had done its job well.

The DA urged Selebi to “do the honourable thing” and hand himself over to the nearest police station to start his sentence.

“This is the end of what has been probably the most controversial and nationally embarrassing court case South Africa has ever experienced,” said DA spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard.

“He was the head of Interpol when he was arrested.”

She would write to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to find out what he was going to do to recover what she said was a R17.4 million bill for the case.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said the state would have to look at the criteria when taxpayer’s money was used for legal fees of officials.

“Guarantees should be given beforehand, otherwise it boils down to wasting of taxpayers’ money if the costs cannot be recovered,” Groenewald said.

In its judgment the Supreme Court of Appeal found the annotations “cash JS”, “A”, “cash cop” and “cash chief” on cheque counterfoils referred to Selebi.

They rejected the submission that the cheques were for an ill policeman Agliotti was helping to support.
Selebi collapsed and could not walk after hearing that his appeal had failed, his attorney said.

“He is not doing well,” said Wynanda Coetzee.

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