NPA set to move on Selebi?

2007-12-12 00:00

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) yesterday requested an urgent meeting with the Justice Minister to discuss their investigation into alleged criminal activities by National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

“We hope the meeting can still take place this week,” said NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali.

As rumours swirled yesterday that Selebi had already been taken into custody, Tlali said this was “definitely not true”.

But he did confirm that acting NPA chief advocate Mokotedi Mpshe yesterday requested an urgent meeting with Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla.

Local and overseas journalists gathered in front of Selebi’s home in the upmarket suburb of Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria yesterday following rumours that he had been arrested there.

Approximately 30 journalists and television teams waited outside the court in Johannesburg from about 6 am.

Sapa reports that early, unconfirmed reports yesterday said Selebi was being held in the holding cells at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Courts.

But his spokeswoman, Director Sally de Beer, dismissed the reports as “malicious”, saying he was in uniform at work “going about his business”.

“Do you hear the voice in the background? That is the police commissioner,” she told Sapa.

Tlali said the NPA’s position is that, insofar as it may affect the Scorpions’ investigation into Selebi, the NPA still has to come to a decision. “That will not be today [yesterday]. No one will be taken by surprise: we will send out an advance warning,” he said.

“If other law enforcement agencies were to arrest him, the NPA could not comment on that.”

Tlali said there is a “theoretical possibility” that another agency is carrying out an investigation into Selebi.

On the question of whether the NPA’s decision about Selebi would still be announced if there was no meeting with Mabandla, Tlali said it would.

The DA yesterday asked the NPA to speed up its decision about whether Selebi should be prosecuted or not.

“The allegations against Selebi have been known about for more than a year now without any firm steps having been taken. The dilly-dallying is doing little to improve the image of the country’s criminal justice system,” said Parliamentary leader Sandra Botha.

The NPA has been investigating Selebi’s alleged involvement in criminal activities for several months now. Beeld has it on good authority that Selebi is unlikely to be arrested this week. A source has said that advocate Gerrie Nel, who is playing a key role in the investigation into Selebi’s alleged criminal activities, is currently on leave.

Advocate Andrew Leask, who heads up special investigations at the NPA, is reportedly going on leave today. Leask apparently wrote the statement that previously led to the Scorpions’ obtaining an arrest warrant and search warrant for Selebi.

The NPA’s investigation into Selebi was taken under review after President Thabo Mbeki suspended NPA chief Vusi Pikoli, apparently because he kept Mbeki and Mabandla in the dark about the Scorpions’ investigation against Selebi. Mpshe has been reviewing the case against Selebi.

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