3 August 2010
The IFP has welcomed the South Gauteng High
Court's decision today to sentence the former South African
police chief and Interpol head, Jackie Selebi, to a 15-year jail
term for corruption.
"While the IFP welcomes today's sentencing, we
believe that Mr Selebi's sentence is too lenient and he deserved
a lengthier jail term. He was not only an embarrassment to the
SAPS but to the country's image abroad because of his
involvement with Interpol," said Velaphi Ndlovu, the IFP's
spokesperson on Police today.
Ndlovu said that Selebi's actions had
tarnished the police force's image and diminished the public's
respect and confidence in the SAPS.
"The IFP is pleased that today's sentencing
will repair some of the damage inflicted on the SAPS's public
image by its former police chief. Moreover, we hope that the
sentence will send out a clear message to all police officers
and corrupt officials that corruption will not be tolerated and
that no one is above the law, not even those with powerful
political connections," added Ndlovu.
In conclusion Ndlovu said: "The IFP sincerely
hopes that Mr Selebi will serve his time in a prison cell and
not in a private hospital room."
Contact: Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803.