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By unknown | Jan 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The contest for national police commissioner Jackie Selebi's position seems not to be over yet - despite reports that South African Revenue Services' (Sars) Pravin Gordhan has been earmarked for the post.

Selebi was put on special leave last year after he was charged with corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

He allegedly accepted a R1,2million bribe from murder accused Glenn Agliotti - among other serious allegations.

A highly placed ANC source close to Sowetan said yesterday Gordhan was tipped to take over from Selebi. "He is a loyal member of the party and he understands the need for police stability."

Gordhan has been credited with turning Sars into an effective body that hugely improved tax collection.

But another key ANC member has said defence intelligence's Lieutenant-General Mojo Motau is also in the running. Motau is a former head of Umkhonto we Sizwe. He is a well-known Zuma supporter who appeared on the ANC's national executive committee list in Polokwane.

An ANC national executive member was quoted as saying yesterday the debate was now about "how much money Selebi must get to vacate the position".

Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Talk Radio 702 on Monday he had asked President Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Selebi.

Presidential spokesman Thabo Masebe yesterday said the request for Selebi's removal was "a matter between the minister and the president".

Attempts to contact Selebi were unsuccessful.


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