State will collect cash from Selebi

2012-07-28 19:06

Police and the department of ­justice have reiterated that the R17 million owed to them by ­disgraced former police commissioner Jackie Selebi would be ­recouped according to Treasury regulations.

Selebi was released on medical parole recently.

His legal bills – and the money spent on treating his kidney condition while he was technically a ward of the state as a prisoner – were paid by the state.

The police said new national commissioner General Riah ­Phiyega was “applying her mind on the process” to recoup ­taxpayers’ money.

Phiyega’s spokesperson, Major General Nonkululeko Mbatha, said that only after “certain processes have been followed” would there be “clarity” on how Selebi would repay the money the state had spent on his high-powered defence team.

No movement had been made in claiming the money from ­Selebi since he lost his appeal against his fraud conviction in December.

Mbatha said this was mainly because there had been no permanent commissioner after former General Bheki Cele was suspended last October.

“It should be proper for the new management to apply its mind before acting,” said Mbatha.

Justice spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyela said Treasury regulations in terms of the Public ­Finance Management Act ­allowed the government to “recover losses or damages incurred by an institution due to an act committed by an official if that official is liable in law”.

The state was working to ­recoup the money from Selebi.

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