Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble has criticised the slow prosecution of former police chief Jackie Selebi, who faces corruption charges.
"I've never seen happening what is happening in South Africa," Noble told reporters at a Southern African Police Conference in Johannesburg yesterday.
He said he did not understand why it was taking so long to prosecute Selebi.
"If they have a case against him, charge him ... give him the dignity he deserves.
"I sure hope that South Africa is still a country where people are innocent until proven guilty," said Noble, who is from the US.
Selebi took special leave in 2007 when it emerged he was about to be charged with alleged corruption relating to his relationship with convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.
Agliotti was also a co-accused in the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble, whose funds were allegedly used to pay Selebi.
His corruption trial, which began earlier this year, was postponed in May to October 5. - Sapa