DA hails Selebi sentence

2010-08-03 12:28

Former national police chief Jackie Selebi’s 15-year jail sentence is a “rare instance of justice for corrupt cadres”, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on today.

This marked the end of one of the most controversial trials in South African history, the party’s spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard said.

“Controversial because of the numerous obstacles placed in the way of due process and the law in trying to bring this criminal to book and controversial because we as a country are almost completely unfamiliar with the idea of a corrupt official, connected to the ANC, actually going to prison,” she said.

As Selebi came to grips with the idea of prison, so too should the government think about the integrity of a police structure that was for years led by an individual who today joined the ranks of the very criminals from which the police were supposed to protect society.

“The reason was cadre deployment and cadre deployment alone, and that ANC-driven policy needs to be scrapped,” Kohler-Barnard said.

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