Selebi has 48 hours to report to jail

2011-12-02 10:43

Bloemfontein - Guilty! That's the message the Supreme Court of Appeal judges sent to the country's disgraced former top cop on Friday.

Jackie Selebi, once South Africa's national police commissioner, failed to have his corruption conviction set aside in a judgment handed down in Bloemfontein, and has to report to prison within 48 hours.

"There can therefore be no question that the State succeeded in proving the guilt of the appellant beyond reasonable doubt and the court a quo (below) was justified in convicting the appellant of corruption.

"The appeal is dismissed," Judge Kenneth Mthiyane said.

Selebi was convicted for receiving benefits from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Unanimous decision

In a unanimous decision by a full bench of five judges, the court 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.

"This court also accepted that the words 'cop', c-o-p and 'JS' referred to the appellant," said Mthiyane.

Selebi was appealing last year's judgment by Judge Meyer Joffe in the South Gauteng High Court, where he was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

"On all the evidence contained in 66 volumes amounting to more than 600 pages that we had to wade through in this application for appeal, we are satisfied that the high court was correct in finding that the applicant did receive payment from Agliotti," said Mthiyane.

  • Cuthbert - 2011-12-02 10:47

    Last 48 hours of freedom. I'm loving this.

      GARBADGEDAY - 2011-12-02 10:53

      yeah right, until the mysterious illness strikes and he gets to play golf with Schabir Shaik

      Jono - 2011-12-02 10:59

      WOW...another "big mane" taken down...RSA justice is hopefully on the right track, only a few more big names to be taken down and we will have no more goverment...lmao

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-02 11:00

      GOOD ! Send these corrupt ANC thieves to jail. Let's the people of SA see how corrupt our politicians are. Living the good life while our people suffer in poverty !!! EXPOSE THE CORRUPTION AND TERMINATE THIS 'SECRECY BILL' !!!

      Jono - 2011-12-02 11:00

      "big name"...sorry

      Breedlike - 2011-12-02 11:01

      A nice christmas in jail.

      Cuthbert - 2011-12-02 11:16

      @Breedlike. I think a safer Christmas for us with one once fat criminal behind bars.

      Warrick - 2011-12-02 11:35

      woo hoo :D

      Sean - 2011-12-02 11:37

      Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye, la da da, la da di, la da da

      Sean - 2011-12-02 12:18

      Ja good to see but of course the real culprits are sitting back and counting their money and old selebi takes the fall - unlike the real cosa nostra aint no-one taking care of him!! This fits nicely with JZ's sudden desire to re-investigate the arms deal - JZ's ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CORRUPTION AFTER THE FACT CAMPAIGN TO GET RE-ELECTED

      Paul - 2011-12-02 12:31

      Its already struck. The guy just collapsed at home. Jjeezz, these guys are fast on the uptake. Wonder if it'll be a private or a government hospital he's taken to?

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-02 18:53

      This is the former Head of Interpol's chance to do a runner. He knows exactly how a criminal would plan his escape so he has all the tools at his disposal. Come on an O.J. Simpson.

  • Gareth-P - 2011-12-02 10:47

    Buba is gona love

      Myancmyfuture - 2011-12-02 12:16

      So long Bra Jacky, Till we meet again!!

      diarmid.smith - 2011-12-02 13:29

      i hear music playing in the background.... that song "Make the circle bigger" is most appropriate

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      JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-02 11:06

      Dont you love it !? The ex boss of Interpol in jail ... I LOVE IT MAAANNNNN !!!!

  • John - 2011-12-02 10:50

    Don't collect any more R200.00's and proceed directly to jail!!!!

  • ryan.macdougall - 2011-12-02 10:50

    great stuff. 48 hours of freedom best get living large.

      ryan.macdougall - 2011-12-02 15:52

      so looks like his last 48 hours are going to be in hospital , so much for living large.

  • John - 2011-12-02 10:51

    48hr to report,have a feeling he will be terminally ill by next week and be in a private clinic,good on the state and the judges,all these officials now being suspended arrested and found guilty right before the elections,na i dont buy it sure its a smoke screen.

      Rob - 2011-12-02 11:05

      Right before what elections?

  • Brent - 2011-12-02 10:52

    well done - JUSTICE...dont think this is the end of it...ofcourse!

  • jjlambrechts - 2011-12-02 10:52

    yes please

  • Wendy - 2011-12-02 10:55 long before he develops a severe case of incarcerationitis?

  • Johhnys_Place - 2011-12-02 10:55

    Wonder how I would spend my last 48Hrs... looking forward to 15 hard ones must be tough though !!! But you must sleep in the bed you made ! Must be hard for him to know that Agliotti is walking the streets a free man ?

  • Jay - 2011-12-02 10:55

    I am sure he is already looking for a doc attesting that he has got a terminal sickness ...

  • Hermann - 2011-12-02 10:56

    But he is terminally ill. Did you not know he suffers from aging?

  • Larry - 2011-12-02 10:57

    Great news. The Crook needs to have a few of his buddies join him now.

      Thandi - 2011-12-02 11:47

      Like fatboy - that would really make my day.

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-02 10:57

    Never mind, he'll have high blood pressure problems in six months time.

      Trent Hodges - 2011-12-02 10:57


  • Penny-wise - 2011-12-02 10:59

    GOOD ! Send these corrupt ANC thieves to jail. Let's the people of SA see how corrupt our politicians are. Living the good life while our people suffer in poverty !!! EXPOSE THE CORRUPTION AND TERMINATE THIS 'SECRECY BILL' !!!

      Sihle - 2011-12-02 12:10

      Remove ANC from your definition,then Selebi will spend 15 years in jail.If you say ANC thieves he will spend two years in hospital sick and he will be released thereafter to live the good life.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-12-02 11:02

    I hope he does not develop Shabeer-litus

  • Paul - 2011-12-02 11:05

    I hope selebi can cop(e) with having to be the one to pick up the soap

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-02 11:05

    One down, one cabinet(including junior wannabee's) to go !!

  • Machiavelli - 2011-12-02 11:05

    Jail never breaks a man rather it makes a man in SA he will be back as a President of the country.

      Grant - 2011-12-02 11:57

      Crap. Many men commit suicide whilst inside and others murder when they get out. I've often heard that prison doesn't reform a person, it just gets them to learn a few more tricks. btw My father did 5 years in Rhodesia, my son got 5 years at Wormwood Scrubbbs in London and I've spent a week in Lusaka remand and a couple of days in Germiston police station.

      Rob - 2011-12-02 12:20

      @Grant: You obviously from "The Tin" (Germiston) so that is what is expected from people there.

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-02 11:06

    It doesn't rain but it Pours for Selebi.

  • Johhnys_Place - 2011-12-02 11:12

    Ahhh... Soup and bread for Christmas dinner, and maybe a biscuit with his tee for dessert !

      Mathapelo - 2011-12-02 11:34


  • elphaas.mgiba - 2011-12-02 11:13

    His criminal career is over, and this should send a strong message to the other corrupt officials.

  • Murechen - 2011-12-02 11:13

    This is a message from Zuma to anyone thinking of opposing him in any way "I will withdraw protection on every level and you will fend for yourself"

  • Nick - 2011-12-02 11:14

    Better get the vaseline ready Mr Selebi. You as former police commissioner are going to need it...

      Anthony - 2011-12-02 12:25

      he should immediatly start to practice 'bend' --at least 100 a day [i hope]-lots of guys waiting for u jackie --rot in hell

  • Jo - 2011-12-02 11:14

    At last something meaningful has been done. How long this will last is anyone's guess, but keep it up Courts. There are many more like Selebi.

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  • gary.jurgens - 2011-12-02 11:16

    I hope he dus not have to pick up the sope. Thy rape exs cop in jail!

  • Bennie - 2011-12-02 11:16

    Pappa wag vir JOU !!!!!

  • Rohin - 2011-12-02 11:25

    he needs a soap on the rope for Christmas so that he doesn't have to bend over to get his in the communal shower.

      Christopher - 2011-12-02 11:57


  • kopano.raophala - 2011-12-02 11:25

    yeeeeaaah boi!!!

  • Shaun - 2011-12-02 11:26

    I will be surprised to see Selebi spend any time behind bars - wait for the sick card to be played here

  • SVD - 2011-12-02 11:26

    for once Justice system works!!!

  • Liz - 2011-12-02 11:28

    Another one bites the dust ! Good !

  • bulelani.mfacokamsimango - 2011-12-02 11:34

    No presidential Pardon No parole for terminal illness No special prison cell Papa wag vir jou

  • mninawa - 2011-12-02 11:36

    Schabir is linked with Zuma and he got free due to the so-called Health issues,Selebi is Linked to Schabir who is linked to Zuma..Apparently,selebi will be free soon due to health reason too, thats the Hypocracy of our Democracy,all in the name of Power Abuse.. Anc is molesting our democracy..kwaaaa

      Observer - 2011-12-02 11:53

      Time to build a medical wing in the prisons so that those with illnesses, terminal or otherwise, still get to spend time in jail and not out golfing, enjoying the weather etc. As for parole on compassionate grounds, I say where was their compassion when they knowingly broke the law to benefit themselves at other peoples expense. THey gave no quarter and as such should deserve none as well.

      Paul - 2011-12-02 12:34

      Yip HOD know means Hypocrisy of Democracy. Zoomsies is Head of Department so gets the title of biggest (but probably richest!)Hypocrit of them all.

  • Jacob - 2011-12-02 11:37

    Agree with the guys that say within 6 months he will pull a Sjabier Snake trick

  • Thabiso - 2011-12-02 11:37

    If police commisioner cn go 2 jail.....I wonder wats gonna hapen 2 Police nd Traffic cops taking bribes No 1 is bigger dan de law

  • Sláine - 2011-12-02 11:37

    I wonder if he can expect to meet anyone he himself has previously had convicted? Could be a lot of "old friends" waiting for him in the slammer...

      Sihle - 2011-12-02 12:13

      Get your facts correct,jackie has never convicted anyone he is not a judge or magistrate

  • Andre - 2011-12-02 11:37

    let me see..... a possible swop out for Clive Derby Lewis for Christmas...NO WAYS!!

  • Thukza - 2011-12-02 11:38

    Sacrificial lamb for Zuma

      Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-02 11:40

      That's rubbish!

  • Kgomotso - 2011-12-02 11:39

    Yay, finally :D

  • Christopher - 2011-12-02 11:40

    all the polititions must go to jail so that they can come up with fresh idias.starting 4m the corrupt anc nd small parties.

  • Linda - 2011-12-02 11:42

    Once a police now a thief, hope they put him in the cell with most dangerous inmates!!

  • Ian - 2011-12-02 11:42

    hope fat boy is next

  • Boh - 2011-12-02 11:44

    finally selebi will get what he deserve,Cele you`re next watch the space

      Peter - 2011-12-02 13:03

      Yes I agree closely followed by the complete ANC government, get rid of the lot of them,

  • Charlie - 2011-12-02 11:44

    very good news, it just shows, almost not everyone is above the law.

  • Garth - 2011-12-02 11:50

    Now is the spring of our discontent made glorious summer by these sons of Court. The tax monies spent on dismissing this anc criminal's appeal were well spent and with pleasure shall we pay his room and board for the next 15 years. Although, stating that, selebi is revered and feared by this anc ineptocracy, so he shall probably receive the 5 star send off(remember yegeni), spend 6 months in a luxury cell and then receive a presidential pardon, enabling him to join buddy schaik on the golf course for rounds of Johnny Blue. If however, there is a fresh wind blowing across this crime-weary country, then cele and malema should be next. We can only hope.

  • Elliot - 2011-12-02 11:51

    LOL These hands are clean yeah right Mr Selebi

  • FerretGee - 2011-12-02 11:51

    Only in Africa - 48 hours means "hey Jackie, just pull in on Monday bud, have a lekker weekend first". What happened to "Guilty as charged - Guards, take him down" ???

  • Brian - 2011-12-02 11:52

    tony yengeni, shabir shaik, next jackie selebi. the comedy of mocking prison sentences continues.

      Aubrey - 2011-12-02 12:04