Phiyega: Remember Selebi fairly

2015-01-31 13:13

Johannesburg - Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi's fall from grace should not detract from what he achieved, said national police commissioner Riah Phiyega at his funeral on Saturday.

"His career in SAPS [the SA Police Service] didn't end the way he wanted," she said at the NG Kerk in Moreleta Park, Pretoria.

"Let us never let that detract from the good that he's already done, the foundations he's already laid.

"Let us remember Jackie Sello Selebi fairly."

Phiyega, wearing a large black hat and leopard print top, thanked Selebi for the "written blue prints" which the police still used.

His election as president of Interpol in 2004 was a first for the country and the continent.

"He threw himself into that role with vigour," she said.

What Selebi had contributed would be remembered as "sweet memories".

"Thank you for sharing commissioner Selebi with all of us," she said to his family.

Fight against apartheid

Earlier, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile said Selebi had despised apartheid and fought it under difficult conditions.

"He despised apartheid and its quest to keep African children as perpetual slaves and he understood the importance of education," Mashatile said.

"Under difficult conditions when the liberation movement and others were banned, where our leaders were either in prison, or banished, or exiled, he opted to fight for his people."

Selebi died last Friday aged 64. He had reportedly suffered from diabetes and kidney problems.

He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on 3 August 2010, for taking bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

The former head of Interpol started serving his sentence in 2011, after being found guilty of corruption in 2010. He was released from Pretoria central prison on medical parole less than a year later.

- Family and friends of Jackie Selebi are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at

  • John Bass - 2015-01-31 13:18

    "His career in SAPS [the SA Police Service] didn't end the way he wanted," she said at the NG Kerk in Moreleta Park, Pretoria." No it didnt, he got caught. Not what he planned at all.

      Hennie Neuhoff - 2015-01-31 13:44

      I'm surprised that she can remember, during the Marikana investigation she had several "memory lapses".

      Rodney Bevan - 2015-01-31 14:09

      Whatever he may have achieved, it was all lost when he turned to crime. No matter who the person is, all the good they achieved is gone once the law is broken. Do you really think for instance, the pope does good all his life and one day murders someone, that he will be remembered for the good he did, or the murder? All those apartheid leaders who are forever castigated for apartheid, they also did a vast amount of good, but no one remembers that.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-31 14:21

      She also forgot that you can not carry a 10 year service medal when you only have 2 years service in the SAPS.

      Margaret Cox - 2015-01-31 15:10

      Phiyega - just shut up and go away. Please.

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2015-01-31 13:21

    Enough about the dishonored Chief cop, bribery is not the best skill for a cop.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-31 14:23

      Everybody,please read the Noseweek article posted on the F/b page of Durban Organized Crime-KZN.It is a supporters page.Amazing article

  • Hentie Vollgraaff - 2015-01-31 13:22


  • Michael Willnecker - 2015-01-31 13:22

    A common criminal. How do you expect the masses to respect him.

  • Pine Pienaar - 2015-01-31 13:23

    Shadick..MOVE ON... Apartheid is GONE...21 YEARS AGO... Your comrade was a common criminal

  • Buffalo Bull - 2015-01-31 13:24

    Just like we'll remember Phiyega's long service award ! ! ! ... WAAH-HAA-HAA-HA !

  • Hell Gate - 2015-01-31 13:29

    Selebi is no more, Can we move one please!

      FanieBrink5 - 2015-01-31 13:45

      No we cannot move on!! He was corrupt but for the black majority it means nothing. Just like your murders, rapes, hijacks, robbing, etc.

      Buzz McBar - 2015-01-31 17:53

      Hey Charlie, Luthuli house got you working weekends now?

  • Niel Langner - 2015-01-31 13:33

    I hope you are not building on his foundations Ma Phiyega! The proved to be quite poor for him!

  • Buffalo Bull - 2015-01-31 13:37

    To be "FAIR" , remember SA's embarrassment when Selebi , while still HEAD OF INTERPOL , accepted bribes from an international DRUG DEALER ! .. (Agliotti) ... then disbanded SA's finest crime fighting units to protect the Village Idiot ! ! ! .... (Selebi's epitaph)

  • Hielke Klooster - 2015-01-31 13:37

    Sweet memories???????? wtf.... ohhhh ok I get it .... he was just one of the band of thieves.............

  • Daniel Govindasami - 2015-01-31 13:38

    R I P comrade. u fought a good fight to release us from opression. u made mistakes along the way. HE IS WITHOUT SIN LET HIM CAST THE FIRST STONE.

      FanieBrink5 - 2015-01-31 13:41

      I am not without sin but I am without corruption!!!

      Hennie Neuhoff - 2015-01-31 13:49

      Daniel there's a major difference to make a mistake and being a outright dishonest scumbag!

      Daniel Govindasami - 2015-01-31 15:00

      Sin is sin

  • FanieBrink5 - 2015-01-31 13:40

    Yes because you are all just as corrupt!!

  • Dave Turner - 2015-01-31 13:43

    Hope they dig a deep hole,

  • Pierre Jonker - 2015-01-31 13:44

    And Eugene de Kock was a dedicated family who also sent half his salary to homeless shelters and the other half to the SPCA.....rose tinted glasses these foot in mouth politicians.

  • Lew Skannen - 2015-01-31 13:44

    Riah, uhh, how about NO!

  • Shreneve Shane Singh - 2015-01-31 13:47

    Fairly ???!!! The state of affairs in this country is shocking...

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2015-01-31 13:48

    Hail Jackie belovered even Nk Kerk allowed church service to show how innocent you were Riip man of God

      Hennie Neuhoff - 2015-01-31 14:02

      Doubtful whether you'll understand this Sipho, its about business $$$$ you see. Do you think the NG church gave their "blessing" to this funeral? Wrong my friend! What is sad though is that they'll wait for their money for ever and a day. We know the ANC ALLWAYS leave a string of unpaid bills behind.

      Denver Sykes - 2015-01-31 14:33

      @ Sipho.. believe me the NG Kerk is charging for the use of their church.. it has always been "EN GEE..EN GEE..EN GEE"

  • Neil Roux - 2015-01-31 13:50

    I'm so gatvol of hearing the word apartheid.He was a criminal. What legacy did he leave? Why are thieves and corrupt politicians hailed as hero's? What is wrong with this country? Our so called leaders and "hero's" has no moral values whatsoever.Selebi disbanded top crime fighting units to suit him and his cronies. We have the highest crime rate in the world.We needed more cops. Yet he disbanded them. Why should we remember him fairly? What contribution did he bring to society???

      Kersey van Niekerk - 2015-01-31 13:59

      Anc hero and opposition criminal ZERO

  • stephan.joubert.7 - 2015-01-31 13:53

    An African culture thing.....

  • Desmond Jones - 2015-01-31 13:55

    He will be remembered as the top cop that excepted bribes.

  • Kerryn Key - 2015-01-31 13:57

    Hahah ey this guy will always be remember as a crook!!!

  • Cyndi Buthelezi - 2015-01-31 14:03


  • John Smith - 2015-01-31 14:05

    Does the justice system, cops, et al, care about OUR good deeds? I'm sure they only care about our arrests, offences and convictions. Where is this Selebi convicted criminal any different? Seems criminals don't view criminals as criminals?

  • Mongezi Mthembu - 2015-01-31 14:11

    "His career in SAPS [the SA Police Service] didn't end the way he wanted"- Yes we would've love to have never been caught! I'll remember him as one of the biggest mafia bosses that lived.

  • Indy Pather - 2015-01-31 14:13

    He will fairly n rightly be remembered as a corrupt fraudster

  • amadeus.geldenhuys - 2015-01-31 14:16

    Let's blame Mbeki for his lack of insight into the person he appointed as police commissioner. I've heard no praises from Mbeki. Maybe he don't share the believe that Selebi was a saint and angel as per the gospel of the ANC.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2015-01-31 14:18

    Yes, he may have done good work in the struggle & in other departments before he lead the SAPS but the damage he did to the SAPS, his corruption aside, almost erases any good he did in the past.

  • miriam.tubb - 2015-01-31 14:22

    Phiyega you are no better than Selebi

  • Graeme Parsons - 2015-01-31 14:28

    Yes fairly as a career criminal!... what kind of example and mesaage does this set for our youth? Phiyega your comments are disgraceful!

  • Truth.speak - 2015-01-31 14:31

    Yup but at the end of the day just another weak immoral crook. Very bad example for our nation and our children. And the fact that the ANC is talking him uP shows just how morally corrupt the ANC has become. Like cheering Yengeni when he went to jail. How far our dear ANC has fallen in the last few years.

  • bruce.stewart.393 - 2015-01-31 14:33

    He blotted his copy book by breaking the most fundamental rules as a policeman. He will answer to God for this!

  • Stefano Lavarone - 2015-01-31 14:37

    His career in SAPS [the SA Police Service] didn't end the way he wanted... I agree- He didn't want to get caught..?

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2015-01-31 14:43

    Yes every day some person died because of drugs or some innocent person is murdered as a result of drugs or a child raped remember to thank Selebi for taking bribes from drug lords and closed his eyes for organized crime activities.

  • criticallyhonest - 2015-01-31 14:59

    OK.... Then the same approach must be used with everyone, including Derby-Lewis!

  • Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2015-01-31 15:05

    Selebi was a criminal at heart, criminal blood ran through his vains, face the facts and stop sugar coating everything.

  • Charles Roberts - 2015-01-31 15:05

    If our current police commisioner wants to build on the "foundations " that selebi laid the she need to be arrested right now . Aiding and abbetting druglords,corruption,dishonesty, ect ect are those foundations. Think before you talk commisioner , if you can.

  • Vishal Surajpal - 2015-01-31 15:06

    When u get caught as well. We will remember u fairly. Crooks the bang lot of u

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