The Former national police commissioner , Jackie Selebi has died at age 64.
Jacob (Jackie) Sello Selebi was born on 7 March 1950 in Johannesburg. He was the former national commissioner of the South African Police Service and the President of African National Congress Youth League 1987-1991, and a former president of Interpol.
In January 2008, Selebi was put on extended leave as national police commissioner, and resigned as president of Interpol, after he was charged with corruption. He was replaced as national commissioner in July 2009 by Bheki Cele. Selebi was found guilty of corruption on 2 July 2010 and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on 3 August 2010.
His appeal against his sentence was rejected by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 2 December 2011, after the court unanimously ruled against him. However, he was released on medical parole in July 2012 . He was a comrade of the ANC , a fighter and a steward in the fight at the time of apartheid that brought many South Africans in exile back home after the abolition.
Rest in Peace Jackie Selebe . Very smart man , great freedom fighter but sadly will be remembered for being a criminal . #jackieselebi
— Sol Phenduka (@solphenduka) January 23, 2015
— Aldrin Sampear (@AldrinSampear) January 23, 2015
Deepest sympathy to the family of Jackie Selebi
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) January 23, 2015
Jackie Selebi has passed away? RIP. Matter of hours before someone in the DA tells us it’s a ploy to keep out of jail.
— Chester Missing (@chestermissing) January 23, 2015
Paul O’Sullivan, the investigator that net the late police comissioner said selebi’s past will corrupt his legacy.
“Unfortunately in the human race people are remembered for the bad things they do. I can’t imagine for the life of me that any of the many victims of crime in South Africa are jumping up and down with joy, but on the other side of the coin he was handed a great opportunity to help our country move forward and he failed in that duty,” he said.