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By Katlego Moeng and Dudu Dube | Jul 15, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

JACKIE Selebi's family remains adamant that their patriarch will not spend a day behind bars, as a judge ordered his assets be frozen.

George Selebi, the younger brother of the convicted former national police commissioner, was speaking after the adjournment of his brother's sentencing in the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

During the hearing, the state successfully applied for the attachment of Selebi's assets to recover R200000, plus interest, following his corruption conviction.

One of his former colleagues had given a glowing testimony in mitigation of sentence.

Judge Meyer Joffe postponed the case to August 2.

"I will tell you one thing. My brother is not guilty," said George Selebi.

He said that they were not worried about the sentence Judge Joffe would hand down.

"We do not care. God is on our side. I believe in Allah," he said. "We are former fighters. I am a former professional boxer. You do not give up after the first round. We will fight on."

But in court, the former top cop did not seem so confident. He looked restless.

He listened attentively to Judge Joffe as he granted an order for the seizure of his assets in the amount of R233722,38.

The amount, which includes interest, equals to benefits he got from his corrupt relationship with druglord Glenn Agliotti.

However, it was ordered that the assets be seized only after "finalisation of the appeal procedure", as put by his defence counsel Advocate Jaap Cilliers.

Selebi's face had lit up when a former colleague, retired provincial commissioner Dan Alberts, praised his leadership.

"He was a great leader who had an open door policy. He was accessible and was committed to combating crime," said Alberts.

"He was focused against crime and was hands-on.

"I have the greatest respect for him. He was an exceptional leader."

Alberts said they had disagreed from time to time, and on one occasion on whether the police's specialised units should be disbanded.

Alberts testified that they used to hold meetings once a month to brainstorm ideas on how to fight crime.

"This one time we visited one police station and shockingly found that there were no police vans and that the CIDs had no cellphones.

"Selebi ordered that I transfer cars and cellphones to the police by the following day," said Alberts.

Alberts further told the court that Selebi was a role model.

"My personal opinion is that he was a person who was very popular because he was seriously against crime."


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