Selebi found guilty

2010-07-02 12:25

Johannesburg - Former police chief Jackie Selebi was found guilty of corruption in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday afternoon.

He was found not guilty on a charge of defeating the ends of justice.

Selebi sat with his shoulders slumped as his lawyer Jaap Cilliers and State prosecutor Gerrie Nel discussed whether bail should be extended.

Nel said because Selebi had been convicted of a schedule five offence, he had no objection to bail being set.

The case was postponed to July 14 for sentencing.

  • ITpro - 2010-07-02 12:28

    ...He will probably stay with Shabeer on Medical parole...

  • Bex - 2010-07-02 12:29

    Brilliant - it's about damn time!

  • Nashee - 2010-07-02 12:29

    Woa...i didn't think that this was going to be the outcome with regards to the information portrayed in the DVD

  • Alistair - 2010-07-02 12:30

    This is the best news I have heard all year, I am just shocked it took them this long to prosecute this mafia boss

  • theone - 2010-07-02 12:30

    GOOD! I hope his sentence is a decent one and will lead us to believe that nobody is above the law. Lollie is gone its just Glen left.

  • Sakkie - 2010-07-02 12:30

    Every thief will get his day. Lets see who is next.

  • Franco - 2010-07-02 12:31

    Even a layman like me could have told you so.

  • Sceptic - 2010-07-02 12:31

    Okay. Well done, judge. Now for the lengthy appeals, another R10 odd million in taxpayers' money only for preferential treatment (think hospital stay) in jail and an early release. Prove me wrong.

  • sobantu gxabuza - 2010-07-02 12:31

    what goes around comes around he's been enjoying high life at the expence of the poor

  • LJE - 2010-07-02 12:31

    So what? He's going to threaten to spill the beans on some arms-trade issues and his buddies are gonna sort him out one time! eish

  • Muhammed - 2010-07-02 12:32

    Didnt expect anything else really. Soon he will be granted a medical parole. Just wondering where R14.5m went in this trial ?

    Tired of my money being wasted...

  • Fuzzy - 2010-07-02 12:32

    Now if we thought that this trial cost the state a lot of money. Just wait for the appeal costs to come in.....

  • Suzanne - 2010-07-02 12:32

    At least it shows that our judiciary is still somewhat independent.

  • j.wiese - 2010-07-02 12:32

    Finally Justice has been served!

  • N2 - 2010-07-02 12:33

    FINALLY... all our tax money to prove what was so obvious, now it is probably going to take another year + to pass judgement - by that time he wont live long enough to serve out his sentence.

  • Juan - 2010-07-02 12:33

    Now for the appeal with more taxpayers' money going down the drain funding his appeal. At the end of the day, he will get off with a very light sentence. He won't see actual jail time and will probably pull a 'Shaik'.

  • Ex-Cop - 2010-07-02 12:33

    The Head of Interpol? Never...Well done Selebi, this is your reward for greed. You are a disgrace to South Africa and to the South African Police Service! Period. You set the perfect example and is a role model to the criminals of our beloved country.

  • cy - 2010-07-02 12:33

    Looking at his fac I feel sorry for him, not that he should not be punished but that he must be thinking those few thousands/millions worth of corruption are peanuts compared to what most government officials steal and yet they get away with it.

  • Sweis - 2010-07-02 12:33

    Shows that no-one is above the law, although he thought so. Any case, would be interesting to see what they do now, he is guilty but what sentence ??

  • Joe Smith - 2010-07-02 12:34

    Well this is good news indeed.

  • Greg - 2010-07-02 12:34

    It's about time some justice was done. Selebi has cost us, the taxpayers, a fortune with this trial. I commend the honourable Judge Joffee who did not bow to outside pressures. Now we need a strong sentence that sends a clear message to the other corrupt people in positions of power in this country that they will sit for their crimes!

  • Anonymous - 2010-07-02 12:35

    That says nothing....he will appose the finding and then another year or two and more taxpayers money down the drain....

  • Justice - 2010-07-02 12:35

    Justice at last! One for one the corrupt partners are being identified and have to face the music for what they did. Ultimately the country is the loser in the story, because a CORRUPT person was leading the SAPS.

  • Dhiren - 2010-07-02 12:35

    You go to jail bad boy!!!!

  • DC - 2010-07-02 12:36

    another Shabhir Shaik..will stay in hospital & then get a presidential pardon

  • andre barnard - 2010-07-02 12:36

    Lets hope this sends a stern message to all corrupted officials in senior offices. Nobody must be allowed to be above the Law. Not even the President or who ever.

  • Joe - 2010-07-02 12:36

    Justice sal jou ry!

  • Kevin - 2010-07-02 12:36

    So what is he going to be sentanced too???
    That he can buy himself out of that to.

  • John - 2010-07-02 12:36

    At last justice was served! Thought he will get away with it. My hope in the judiciary has been reinstalled.

  • Concerned Citizen - 2010-07-02 12:36

    Poor guy! Used to work with him - a very nice chap! Only question is why only him there are so many more like him but apparently they've got friends in all the right places!

  • About TIME - 2010-07-02 12:37

    IT's ABOUT TIME..sick of paying his lawyers bill.

  • Hlohlo - 2010-07-02 12:37

    he deserve it

  • steel - 2010-07-02 12:37

    selective application of justice. this is pretty unfair. why only Jackie of all the thugs. How much did we spent just to convict him for R1,2million? Defies simple maths.

  • Popo - 2010-07-02 12:38

    Yes, yes, yes, yes thats a win even if the world cup goes to Eu we have won our part. Go Selebi, Go. BaSelebi BaSelebi

  • Willem - 2010-07-02 12:38

    Now will start the apeals for another R 14 Million rands. (I wonder if he and all these high profiles will have to pay for there own legal cost, how far they will go)

  • Ray - 2010-07-02 12:39

    Well done Judje Joffe. Hope this crim gets a firm sentence and is ordered to pay back our R14m worth of legal fees!

  • DeonL - 2010-07-02 12:40

    He has an extra headache, he must now pay back the attorneys fees etc. of +R14 M! i hope they take all his possessions as he won't be able to pay unless he has some more money hidden!

  • T-man - 2010-07-02 12:40

    I'm jst surprisd he was found guilty based on what? The state only had one "untruthful" witness. On the other side I'm happy with the outcome either way!!!

  • Mtima - 2010-07-02 12:40

    Poor Selebi, while everyone in the country and the world is predicting soccer games scores, he is being grilled by the courts and has been found guilty, the noble thing he can do is to name a few he prefer to go down with.

  • Ollie - 2010-07-02 12:43

    Being found guilty is nothing - the reality is he will get off with no sentence or a light sentance or another Shaik.Plus we the taxpayers will have to carry on paying for the appeal.This is the way things work for all the corrupt government officials that go to trial.

  • AntiCorrupt - 2010-07-02 12:43

    This is not the end yet: Sentencing: 1 year suspended sentence.... or "Application for leave to appeal..."

  • garreth - 2010-07-02 12:44

    i really didnt expect that. thought he was gonna get off scott free like the rest of the guys who can use taxpayers money to pay off the judge. it is great news but dont think he will serve time for it. will get off for medical reasons or wont live long enough to see them pass judgement on him as they will take so long to do it. at least that one corrupt person im power with a slap on the wrist

  • conway - 2010-07-02 12:44

    A slow process to prove the obvious. He will get off on medical parole. His comment will be to blame it on "the "previous Regime". Altermatively he can join th ANCYL and be an advisor to Julius Malema.

  • Ruffdog - 2010-07-02 12:45

    4 years of taxpayers money to reach a corruption verdict - ??????

  • cdj - 2010-07-02 12:45

    This was a waste of taxpayers money, we could have used this money for the poor who dont have food or a home. I hope he stays in prision for a long time

  • Smeets - 2010-07-02 12:45

    It's not over yet - there goes our money again.....and the poor will stay poor because of this waste of money

  • Dino - 2010-07-02 12:45

    This has cost us a lot of money.Lock him and throw away the keys. He is a disgrace to SA.

  • ZB - 2010-07-02 12:45

    People please do not be fooled by the verdict, the man is going to appeal and he will be acquitted...this is just to shut our mouths..

  • Singervel - 2010-07-02 12:46

    Now he stand a good chance to become the next president of SA

  • Steven Spielberg - 2010-07-02 12:46 casting Morgan Freeman to play Jackie Selebi in his new film.