NPA will find everything is not as it seemed – Mbeki on Selebi case

2015-02-01 17:11

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Former president Thabo Mbeki has spoken out about remarks he made about the state of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in a written tribute read out at former police commissioner Jackie Selebi’s funeral.

Speaking to City Press in Addis Ababa today, Mbeki said the inquiry the NPA announced last year into the Selebi investigation was significant.

“It is very good that the NPA itself decided to have a review of the Jackie Selebi case,” he said.

“I think it is really important that they do the work they have to do honestly and thoroughly and I think they will find that not everything is as it seemed, but we have to wait for them.

“I don’t know whether they, as the NPA, will issue a public report or whatever, I don’t know. But it would be really important to hear what they have to say. They would presumably have to answer, but the very first question is why did they think it was necessary to open an inquiry in the the first place, and (the second question is) what they have found. That would be important.”

Mbeki in his tribute, read out by veteran diplomat and friend of Selebi, Welile Nhlapo, said “the time will come when I will comment fully on all the controversial matters attached to his arrest and prosecution”.

Asked when that time would be, Mbeki laughed and told City Press: “I don’t know, one day.”

When asked whether it would take the form of a memoir, Mbeki said it might.

He said: “A lot of nonsense was said about many things.”

On whether the NPA was damaged beyond repair, Mbeki said he did not spend enough time in South Africa to follow news about them to judge.

In his written tribute, Mbeki alluded to elements in the country’s law enforcement agencies who, he said, wanted to unseat Selebi as the country’s top cop.

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