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There is nothing irregular or sinister about the use of seized vehicles by national Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi or the SAPS, police said yesterday.
"The vehicle in question is being legally used by various SAPS members at head office," said Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo.
According to media reports, police were allegedly using impounded vehicles for work and private purposes.
Selebi was said to be driving around in an impounded stolen Toyota Land Cruiser.
The vehicle was registered to the SAPS and not to any individual, said Naidoo.
He said: "This is but one of thousands of vehicles that are known in the police as Regulation 80(6) vehicles."
These vehicles were seized by the police under the Criminal Procedure Act, either because the identification of the vehicle had been tampered with or because the vehicles were used to commit crimes.
If a vehicle is seized under these circumstances, it might be forfeited to the state after certain processes have been followed.
"Thereafter, as part of the disposal process, it may be used by the police to combat crime or be destroyed," he said.
Naidoo said in the past six financial years "we have registered 3359 such vehicles, which are being used by the SAPS for the purposes of combating crime".
"It is clear that those who initiated the speculation about the vehicle have been either misinformed or are just plain ignorant about the facts and procedures surrounding this and other such vehicles in the SAPS," he said.
On Tuesday the DA asked Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula to explain whether Selebi had been driving around in the vehicle.
"Reports that national Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has been driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, one of a batch of stolen vehicles recovered and impounded by the police, raise questions that need to be answered," DA's spokesman Dianne Kohler-Barnard said.
Kohler-Barnard said there were suspicions about Selebi's integrity because of his friendship with Glenn Agliotti and a controversial dossier of accusations by former Airport Company of South Africa security chief Paul O'Sullivan.
She said the latest allegations left questions to "ordinary South Africans as to the suitability of Selebi as a top cop". - Sapa