NPA welcomes Selebi ruling

2011-12-02 12:04

Bloemfontein - Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi must report to the department of correctional services in Johannesburg within 48 hours to start serving his 15-year jail term, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.

The Supreme Court of Appeal earlier dismissed Selebi's appeal against his corruption conviction and prison sentence.

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

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the State never had any doubt the judgment would be in its favour.

Strong case

“We had a very strong case and argument.”

Mhaga said even if Selebi tried to take the matter further the State would oppose the move. He also praised the State's prosecuting and investigation teams, saying they deserved to be commended for their handling of the Selebi case.

The SCA ruled the State had proved beyond a reasonable doubt Selebi received payment from Agliotti on four occasions. These include payments of R110 000, R30 000 and R10 000 as well as an unspecified amount of US dollars.

The SCA upheld the trial court’s finding that there were four instances which constituted Selebi providing a benefit to Agliotti in return for the favours received by him.

These included providing Agliotti with a report by British law enforcement authorities, a 2005 national intelligence estimate, an e-mail implicating Agliotti in drug-related activities and the attendance by Selebi at meetings and dinners, at Agliotti’s request, with his associates.

The SCA held that on all the evidence it was satisfied the State succeeded in proving Selebi's guilt.

  • Elsie - 2011-12-02 12:12

    what i dont understand is for this ppl to be offered top positions in govt, whereas one of the requirements is to go through security clearance, whoever was running those tests, need to be questioned as well

      Servaas - 2011-12-02 12:27

      Elsie: 3 Letters my dear.. ANC and it spells disaster. Our banana republic is proof of that. Ag this clown will be out soon. Shaik, Yengeni and now Selebi. ANC criminals always look after their comrades. I hope one of these guys just blow the whistle on the entire lot, but this is Africa and money and bribes do the talking.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-02 15:56

      Actually this decision should demonstrate that we still have a strong, dedicated judiciary and that some things still work pretty well. Corruption is a universal problem and not own to Africa. I don't know why racism should always come into it. It is a good day for ALL South Africans.

  • Penny-wise - 2011-12-02 12:15

    I look forward to the day that all the corrupt ANC thieves are jailed for their tenderpreneur corruption. We might have no ANC MPs left then in parliament, but hey, that might be a good thing too!!!

  • Servaas - 2011-12-02 12:17

    Ag this clown will be out soon. Shaik, Yengeni and now Selebi. ANC criminals look after there comrades.

      trevor.charles3 - 2011-12-02 12:28

      On the 20 December 2011 he will be free

  • Lulama - 2011-12-02 12:20

    i bet you they are going to release him early -'health purposes'

      trevor.charles3 - 2011-12-02 12:28

      On the 20 December Jackie will be a free

  • Derk - 2011-12-02 12:27

    I wonder if he has a golf handicap yet?

  • Yar - 2011-12-02 12:33

    Fantastic news. I see however, that he is already not feeling well. Tough - give him a Panado from the prison dispensary.

      Yar - 2011-12-02 12:53

      @P-W Yuck that sounds disgusting. I suppose somebody will.

  • Jacob - 2011-12-02 13:26

    Just an hour or two after the judgement and this criminal has already collapsed and is under the care of a bought doctor complete with ambulance ready to take him to sjabier Snakeville. Mebbe we get lucky and he croaks before he costs the taxpayer more money

  • Inkwazi - 2011-12-02 13:39

    the enemy will nerver win...hang in the ntate selebi

      Flowingriver - 2011-12-02 14:11

      We all know that there is a 3rd force operating to discredit our leaders. Ons Vir Jou ANC ! We know that our leaders are not real criminals but this is just a legacy of apartheid. They made us suffer for so long that when these carrots are dangled in front of us ,its so hard to resist.We are awaiting the roar of the Lion from the North.Let them rejoice when they win these little battles........OUR WAR WILL BE WON !

  • Faith - 2011-12-02 15:30


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