VIRTUALLY all sectors, except the Selebi family and close friends, have welcomed his conviction on corruption charges and commended the prosecution team, which was led by Gerrie Nel.
To Nel, the conviction serves as a sweet victory.
If I might refresh the memories of readers, this is the man who Jackie Selebi ordered to be arrested, allegedly to muzzle him so that he could not prosecute the former police commissioner.
At one stage, Selebi boasted that he would climb the Sandton Tower and no one would dare to arrest him.
Of course, the man was politically connected.
The Selebi conviction must teach us all that everyone is equal before the law.
It is interesting that even the ANC, Cosatu and the SACP have lauded the conviction. Remember, they were seeking political solutions to Jacob Zuma's graft charges and those who reminded them of the equality clause in the Constitution were maligned.
However, the sad thing about this case is that a staggering R15million has been spent for the Selebi trial from the public purse while the offence was committed for personal gain.
Puleng Mmila, Seokodibeng