Police stand by their boss

The nine provincial police commissioners yesterday expressed anger and disgust at continued media allegations that national police commissioner Jackie Selebi is linked to criminal activity.

The nine provincial police commissioners yesterday expressed anger and disgust at continued media allegations that national police commissioner Jackie Selebi is linked to criminal activity.

Speaking on behalf of the commissioners, Western Cape commissioner Mzwandile Petros said on Tuesday commissioners met officials of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

"The meeting was prompted by boiling anger at various provincial offices, particularly among experienced investigators who understand the traditional methodology of conducting investigations," said Petros.

"They were appalled by the constant leaking of affidavits that were supposed to be in the safekeeping of an investigating agency [the NPA] but mysteriously found their way to the media."

He said the allegations against Selebi were beginning to undermine confidence in the police.

Petros said the commissioners discussed their "collective concern about the media coverage of the scurrilous, defamatory and unsubstantiated allegations levelled against Selebi".

Media reports said Selebi was a friend of Glenn Agliotti, accused of the murder of Brett Kebble, which Selebi concedes, and that he had been aware of a four-year police investigation of Agliotti. - Sapa

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