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IFP calls for Selebi's suspension 'to remove cloud hanging over his head'

By unknown | Dec 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for the suspension of National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi pending the "removal of the dark cloud hanging over his head".

The IFP also called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to stop keeping the public in the dark on whether or not they are planning to arrest him.

The call comes after rumours yesterday that Selebi had been arrested and was due to appear in court on criminal charges.

Velaphi Ndlovu, the IFP's spokesman on safety and security said that allegations of Selebi's involvement in criminal activities affect the integrity of the entire police force.

"The fact of the matter is that the Scorpions did obtain a warrant of arrest against Commissioner Selebi over his alleged involvement with the criminal underworld.

"But after the intervention of President Thabo Mbeki and the suspension of NPA head Vusi Pikoli, the matter went back for review. The acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe has already completed his review of the case.

"The South African public should be made aware of his findings immediately," said Ndlovu.

Ndlovu said Selebi's suspension would be good for the country.

"The SAPS can not execute their duties fully when the country's top cop is an alleged criminal.

"It affects the integrity of the entire police force. As the head of Interpol, this issue does not just affect South Africa, it also has international repercussions. We call on the NPA to make their findings public.

"For the sake of the 2010 World Cup and our international image, we need clarity on this issue right now," said Ndlovu.

NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali said the NPA would make an announcement once a decision had been taken.


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