Selebi a reminder 'crime doesn't pay'

2011-12-02 17:36

Johannesburg - Jackie Selebi's time in jail will remind corrupt people that crime does not pay, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Friday.

"Cosatu hopes that eventually all those who can't explain their huge bank balances and who can't explain how they became overnight multimillionaires will eventually join him in prison," the union federation said in a statement.

The former police commissioner and head of Interpol had 48 hours to report to prison to start serving his 15-year sentence, after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal against his conviction.

"It is regrettable that a man with such an implacable [sic] record in the struggle against apartheid, is going to spend 15 years in prison for accepting R166 000, a small sum compared to the amounts others are looting from the state through tenderpreneurship activities.

"Nevertheless, in Cosatu's view, corruption is as bad as apartheid was; both are based on marginalising the poor, most of whom are black in general and Africans in particular."

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) felt the dismissal of the appeal sent a powerful message on the severe consequences of corruption.

IFP spokesperson on police Velaphi Ndlovu said: "At long last we have closed this shameful chapter in our history which has severely dented the image of the [SA Police Service] and the integrity and credibility of South Africa as a whole."

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

"This is an important signal to send out if we want to successfully deal with corruption in our country," Ndlovu said.

The party said the National Prosecuting Authority had done its job well.

The Democratic Alliance urged Selebi to "do the honourable thing" and hand himself over to the nearest police station to start his sentence.

DA spokesperson on police, Dianne Kohler Barnard said: "This is the end of what has been probably the most controversial and nationally embarrassing court case South Africa has ever experienced.

"He was the head of Interpol when he was arrested."

She would write to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to find out what he was going to do to recover what she said was a R17.4m bill for the case.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said the state would have to look at the criteria when taxpayer's money was used for legal fees of officials.

"Guarantees should be given beforehand, otherwise it boils down to wasting of taxpayers' money if the costs cannot be recovered," Groenewald said.

In its judgment the SCA found the annotations "cash JS", "A", "cash cop", and "cash chief" on cheque counterfoils referred to Selebi.

They rejected the submission that the cheques were for an ill policeman Agliotti was helping to support.

-- Selebi collapsed and could not walk after hearing that his appeal had failed, his attorney said.

"He is not doing well," said Wynanda Coetzee.

  • Ben - 2011-12-02 17:49

    I appreciate COSATU's point. VIVA VAVI

      Spyker - 2011-12-02 18:21

      What 'point' is that..? The irreparable damage Cosatu has inflicted on the SAcan economy (not to mention a workforce so useless we have lost 70% of the Foreign Direct Investment in about 2 years) and the magnitude of Vavi's bank-balance as a consequence..? All it demonstrates is that crime still pays very well in SA... "...all those who can't explain their huge bank balances and who can't explain how they became overnight multimillionaires..." - eg the Zuma empire, the Malema/Madikizela-Mandela/YL dynasty, 80% of the current ANC parliament and alike - sound to me as if it would be easier to put a fence around Luthuli House and call it LHMCSC - Luthuli House Maximum Correctional Service Centre. PS: Why is ANC24 not reporting on the most significant event of the day..? The fact that the petrol price will ONLY drop by 11c and not the 25c it should have. PetroSA has been used to fund the ANC before (eg as far back as 2004 - ref the Carte Blanche expose at the time) - no surprise then that it seems appropriate for it to fund the ANC's 2012 frolicking - ie from the rabid fornicating antics of their birthday-bash to the Mangaung p*ss-up...

  • Ian - 2011-12-02 17:49

    look whose talking, unions, the corrupt of them all

      Francois - 2011-12-02 18:59

      Ian, if you have proof, take it to the police or the Hawks or the public protector. You are however free to use your right to free speech, but do you not think that it will be more useful to lay charges against you know are doing something wrond. Then onto Hypocrite Mbeki and Selebi, at least we will get some entertainment for the millions you have cost us - let the cameras roll!

  • Larry - 2011-12-02 17:57

    Crime doesnt pay only when you fall out with JZ, otherwise you can get away with murder….until?

  • Elkieta - 2011-12-02 18:07

    I hope Cele will go the same way/////

  • Jerhone - 2011-12-02 18:18

    he was only caught with R16600O imagine what he got away with you dumba*ses

  • Joseph - 2011-12-02 18:20

    If the ANC is serious and does not want to see its members going to jail they should do the right thing and sraping tenders.If they continue with tenders then most of them will find themselves behind bars for corruption.The choice is for the ANC to make.People need work but their chances of getting work have been blown out by tenders which benefit the few ANC connected individuals.

      Squatter - 2011-12-02 18:46

      We won't change the tender process until a new government comes into power. I have no hope for that happening and as we have seen it isn't only the black politicians benefiting from it. It has become the only way to enrich yourself in this country. No foreign investment is flowing in, so they are going to end up stealing from each other. Our bigger problem is the fact that there isn't any financial expertise within the ANC and the ones that should be standing up and pulling things straight are silent. Manuel, Marcus, Gordhan to name but a few. So are they also passengers on the gravy train at the tax payers expense? I can't believe SARS runs an add warning us to not lie on a tax return, when all the tax money is misappropriated in this manner.

  • Ben - 2011-12-02 18:48

    Any positive remark from COSATU should be applauded, because everything in the alliance has so far been negative to vthe future of the country. I am actually hoping for disagreement between the members of the alliance. Point then: A.N.C. pro crime, COSATU agaist-good.

      Squatter - 2011-12-02 19:28

      I agree. we have more to gain by getting Vavi to stand up against these corrupt powers than follow them like a sheep.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-02 19:53

    Scrap out tendering system but obviously your membership will decline. If you vow to continue with tendering system, you must also remember to build a new prison for yourself because the ones we have will be full and you will find yourself sardined with the people you tortured emotionally.

  • Jonathan - 2011-12-02 20:41

    He wont serve a day, the poor sick man. He will be out on the golf course in no time at all.

  • velastardust - 2011-12-02 21:22

    Why pay the lawyer? She was stupid to take the case on in the first place. If the lawyer is paid from taxpayers money, that is tantamount to tenderpreneuring.

  • Chris - 2011-12-03 08:01

    Well put, but not quite in accordance with reality. Crime does pay ... currently ... on a massive scale. It is a national pandemic ... at all levels. Had Thabo Mbeki not been removed we would still have had this criminal heading our police and the World would have had him heading Interpol. Scary!!!! The culture of protecting cabal members subsists. Our President is not removing Menzi Simelane, despite getting the emphatic counsel of a Superior Court! Granted. Simelane has not committed a crime. However the it illustrates the point that if you are connected you can get away with deviance. The arms deal is a glaring example. The Bheki Cele, Nkabinda lease deal "stinks" to high heaven of corruption.

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