Tshwane mayor salutes 'distinguished' Selebi

2015-01-29 21:47

Pretoria - A large hall at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria was almost full on Thursday evening as family members and ANC supporters commemorated the life of former police chief Jackie Selebi.

Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng, Paul Mashatile, and Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu sat in one of the front rows.

Addressing the gathering, Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa described Selebi as "one of the most distinguished cadres of our liberation struggle".

He said Selebi "served with distinction" during his tenure as South African ambassador and permanent representative at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Outside the hall, scores of enterprising vendors had set up shop as the ANC supporters streamed into the building.

"We know some cadres want to buy and we are here to supply. Some have been just asking the prices but many are buying," said one hawker, identified as Thato.

The hawkers were selling ANC-branded berets, caps and shirts.

The ANC announced this week that it would pick up the tab for Selebi's funeral and memorial service.

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

Selebi 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.

The ruling party had held numerous meetings with the family and a committee representing the family and the ANC was set up.

The committee will be led by the ANC's deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte.

The funeral will be held at the NG Church in Pretoria on Sunday.

  • Alan Smith - 2015-01-29 22:05

    ANC scum

      SheilanDerek de Beer - 2015-01-29 23:01

      What about the millions he was supposed to pay back... ??? written off ??

      Arthur A Lilford - 2015-01-29 23:47

      Yes you would - he stole from you and all of us - POLICE Chief - same mold- you going to rip off the electorate as well

      Koos Luerre - 2015-01-30 05:58

      Of course they're honouring a criminal. This is because this sick organisation's head and role model is a fellow thug with some 780 squashed criminal charges and has sex with the daughters of his friends.

      Gideon de Klerk - 2015-01-30 08:07

      Selebi stole from me and you. Ramatlhodi, I want to be APART from dregs like Selebi (in response to the news article that does not allow comments, elsewhere on N24). In fact everyone in prison is kept apart from society, that is the point, actually!

      Dawid Venter - 2015-01-30 08:30

      They misspelled it . It is supposed to say EXTINGUISHED.

      Dean Bean - 2015-01-30 10:35

      It is an embarrassment when Hero's are despised and convicted criminals are praised by the leaders in this country. is there no shame? This country will not improve unless the leaders improve.

      NoneOfYourBusiness - 2015-01-30 16:28

      ANC love to honour filthbags. What a siff party.

  • David Wilson - 2015-01-29 22:06

    Wtf????? Really

      Akhenaten C.T. - 2015-01-30 01:33

      I am thinking of a word to use instead of 'distinguished' after Zuma follows him as this where we all end up sometime.

  • Totch Totch - 2015-01-29 22:16

    O M W

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2015-01-29 22:20

    Sorry but being found guilty of corruption whilst chief of police and heading Interpol outweighed everything else. Such a poor role model. He was and will be remembered as the architect of the down fall of our police service.

      Kenny Monei - 2015-01-30 08:08

      Hence we will never forget forget all apartheid atrocities.

      Stirer Kathray - 2015-01-30 08:34

      Kenny, you can't blame apartheid for what he did. He was nothing but a dirty cop on the take. He had a position of trust and honour, which he defiled for personal gain. Whatever he did in the past is no excuse and is not relevant. He dirtied our country's name and reputation. He was a convicted criminal and doesn't deserve to be lauded at his funeral like he has been. It doesn't say much for the ANC as an organisation, that they didn't distance themselves from his actions. By not doing so, they show acceptance.

  • Evan Summerson - 2015-01-29 22:23

    Came. Back down with a thud

  • Mike Mike - 2015-01-29 22:24

    Isn't it something to behold - The more corrupt you are, the more of a thief you are, the more you undermine society, the more you are praised and worshipped by the ANC and their uneducated supporters. That is why this country with the current government is doomed. We are just another banana republic on a very slippery slope to hell - just like the rest of Africa.

  • Koos Tonteldoos - 2015-01-29 22:25

    "Mayor salutes corrupt bribing convict." - That's what this article it should have read. And says a lot about the Mayor himself.

  • Lyn Maxwell-Andreou - 2015-01-29 22:27

    Birds of a feather......

  • Klip Indiebos - 2015-01-29 22:33

    More distinguished thief I'd say.

  • Raul Curado - 2015-01-29 22:42

    Yes a Distinguished Corrupt Cop and Thief

  • Thanduxolo Msongelwa - 2015-01-29 23:22

    I'm not trying to be funny here. The court of law n S.A. found the deceased guilty of stealing which means he is (was) a thief. It's like someone who fixes cars is called a mechanic, no offence there. So, when is the ANC going to lay their thief to rest?. Even his grand kids know that our grandpa was n jail for theft, so "our grandpa was (is) a thief" n would like to copy that. Sorry if I have offended anyone.

      Akhenaten C.T. - 2015-01-30 06:22

      If the truth offends anyone, don't be sorry. It would be a much better world if all of us always spoke the truth

      Awatime - 2015-01-30 08:08

      Scout sellouts like you were necklaced way back then .

  • Arthur A Lilford - 2015-01-29 23:47

    Yes you would - he stole from you and all of us - POLICE Chief - same mold- you going to rip off the electorate as well

  • Paulo Areal - 2015-01-30 02:57

    Think about the addicts and their families who suffer because Selebi choose to NOT TO DO HIS JOB and cozy up to criminals, .... finished and Klaar!

  • ivan.kraemer - 2015-01-30 03:45

    Only thieves would honour a distinguished thief. That is exactly what the ANC and cadres are.

  • Mario Barnard - 2015-01-30 03:48

    No matter how tainted you are, you will always be a hero in the ANC's South Africa; no wonder this country is in deep trouble...

  • Christa Flanagan - 2015-01-30 05:21

    Shocking to see this happening! Honour to a criminal? How far and wide the morals have fallen? No more high morals and living standards not to mention respect! It seems like the more corrupt and a bigger thief you are, the more your comrades will respect you and applaud you? Stupid and senseless ! Disgusting to say the least!

  • Arno Louw - 2015-01-30 05:42

    Former Thief of Police.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2015-01-30 06:09

    Then we wonder why corruption is rife ?

  • adriaan.schoeman.9 - 2015-01-30 06:30

    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (?Isaiah? ?5?:?20? NIV)

  • Jan Scheepers - 2015-01-30 06:53

    With all due respect to the deceased, but surely this money could have helped Eksdom?!

  • pete.mears.96 - 2015-01-30 07:06


  • Michael Kleber - 2015-01-30 07:07

    ok this confuses me ANC say one must overlook his dishonest ways and honour his other deeds , yet when a road is named after de Klerk , they cannot practice what they preach , double standards ?

  • Victor Adendorff - 2015-01-30 07:11

    Good move NG Church. Annual budget achieved with just one funeral/circus/function paid by the tax payer. How can you be called distinguished if you cannot be distinguished from other ANC thugs? They all steal, are corrupt and, criminal.

  • Gavin J Dandridge - 2015-01-30 07:12

    How can we expect to be a successful nation if celebrate a convicted criminal a hero it undermines the court of law and the greedy acts which got him convicted are probably a better indicator of his true nature.

  • Secrecy Bill - 2015-01-30 07:23

    Zanc are quite serious in their belief that even the most serious crimes commited by their struggle cadres can be justified and blamed on apartheid ! ... Until this pathetic excuse is outlawed, SA will continue on it's disastrous downward spiral !

  • Chris Faurie - 2015-01-30 07:32

    Distinguished criminal, yes!

  • lolo1 - 2015-01-30 07:57

    Distinguished. Really? Now what part made him distinguished. His dealings with drug lords or just the fact that at one time he was an ANC member. Distinguished se voet

  • Ria Cook - 2015-01-30 08:56

    I see in another article that people who criticize Selebi are racists. Now I know what being racist means: it's knowing the difference between right and wrong.

      Paige Turner - 2015-01-30 11:03

      Spot-on, Ria.

  • Cindy Naude - 2015-01-30 09:15

    distinguished crook, yes, absolutely!

  • Terence Wessels - 2015-01-30 09:29

    LMAO. What a bunch of useless tossers you anc idiots are. Its the only organisation in the world so rotten to the core, they miss the corrupt Selebi. He was an international embarrassment to us, and these criminal dogs celebrate him. So typical. Average I.Q 69. Google it people......

  • Terence Wessels - 2015-01-30 09:32

    Yes lets celebrate the corrupt typical cancer cadre. An international embarrassment to SA, but then again so is the anc. You wont be missed by any upstanding citizens Selebi you criminal. Good riddance to bad rubbish..

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2015-01-30 09:39

    You know how people are, they always speak good of the dead, even if the dead isn't worth mentioning.

  • Paige Turner - 2015-01-30 10:58

    How about a class action suit to claim back the R16-million in legal fees his estate still owes the SA taxpayers? His family has lived in comparative luxury for long enough (yes, Mrs S, you love those expensive shoes and handbags) and it's time to honour to debt to SA taxpayers.

  • Craig Confederate Bennetts - 2015-01-30 14:18

    Distinguished enough to get parole!

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