S.Africa's former top policeman guilty of graft

The former head of South Africa's police force was found guilty on graft charges on Friday.

S.Africa's former top policeman guilty of graft


The former head of South Africa's police force was found guilty on graft charges on Friday.

Prosecutors said Selebi, formerly a leading anti-apartheid activist and well-connected in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, had links to organised crime and received about 1.2 million rand ($155,200) to ignore drug trafficking.

Judge Meyer Joffe said he found Jackie Selebi, a former Interpol president guilty of corruption.

He said prosecutors had proven during the trial that Selebi had received at least 120,000 rand from Glenn Agliotti -- a convicted drug trafficker who was one of the main prosecution witnesses.

The judge said sentencing would take place on July 14-15 and released Selebi on bail of 5,000 rand.

Joffe found Selebi not guilty of defeating the ends of justice but said he found the former national commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) not a credible witness.

"It is never pleasant to make an adverse credibility finding against a witness. It stigmatises the witness as a liar, a person of low moral fibre. It is a stigma that remains forever. It is so much more unpleasant to make such a finding against the person (formerly) at the head of SAPS," Joffe said.

Analysts said Selebi's guilty verdict will not have a major impact on President Jacob Zuma.

"Basically said there are no political ramifications, since the case has dragged on for so long, and the links between Zuma and Selebi are sufficiently distant and obscure," said Nel Marais, political analyst at Executive Research Associates.



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