Finish & Klaar. Selebi's fall from Interpol to the by Adriaan Basson

By Adriaan Basson

From best cop to deprave criminal in six years – Jackie Selebi's fall from grace got here speedy. After strolling back from exile, Selebi used to be one of many ANC's acclaimed civil servants. In 1999 his buddy Thabo Mbeki appointed him leader of police. And in 2004 Selebi grew to become the world's most sensible cop whilst he used to be elected president of Interpol. Selebi was once on best of the area, yet now not for long.The assassination of mining boss Brett Kebble in 2005 opened the door to South Africa's darkish aspect – an international the place organised criminals tangoed with crooked law enforcement officials and gear, cash and greed governed the day. How did a decent guy like Selebi get involved during this internet of deceit?In this gripping first account of Selebi's upward push and fall, award-winning investigative reporter Adriaan Basson probes the trail that resulted in Selebi's downfall. And he solutions the most important questions: How used to be the guy relied on via 50 million humans to guard them from criminals corrupted? What harm was once triggered to the country's rule of legislations in an...

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Appointing a career policeman from the ranks of the former SAP or homeland police would have further polarised the police service. Selebi came in from the outside, had solid ANC struggle credentials, spoke and understood Afrikaans very well and had the hardegat (hard-assed) attitude traditionally associated with police bosses. He was in many respects the perfect replacement for George Fivaz. When Jackie Selebi took the helm on 1 January 2000, the South African Police Service was a ship navigating uncertain waters.

And that kind of thing. But fortunately within a year I was approached by the then foreign affairs minister of South Africa, Alfred Nzo, that you better pack your bags, you are going somewhere else. Selebi was appointed South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations in 1995. Ironically, the person he replaced was fellow ANC politician and churchman Allan Boesak, whose appointment to the UN was blocked after being accused of fraud. Three years later Boesak was convicted for defrauding the Foundation for Peace and Justice by stealing donor money.

In his first media interviews after receiving the nod, Selebi made it clear that he would wear uniform only when it was officially required of him to do so. ‘I’m not a policeman, and I’m not going to implement technical knowledge. My specific aim is to manage. 19 ‘My plan is to manage the force in order to deal with crime challenges. It is said that if you were trained by someone, you always remain his student, but that’s not going to be the case with me. ’ Bearing out these words, a few years later Selebi implemented a controversial strategy to disband all the police’s specialised units, including the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, the police’s Anti-Corruption Unit and the Crime Combating Units, against the advice of criminologists and some of his own staff.

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