Will Selebi be or not?

The public were yesterday still being kept in the dark over the fate of South Africa's national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi.

The public were yesterday still being kept in the dark over the fate of South Africa's national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on December 16 said it had made a decision on whether or not Selebi "had a case to answer".

But that decision would not be made public until it was studied by Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla.

"The status has not changed . we haven't received any communication [from the minister]," said NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali yesterday.

The decision was made after the NPA received a report from a panel tasked with reviewing the criminal charges against the national police commissioner and current head of Interpol.

Yesterday Mabandla's spokesman Zolile Nqayi said he was not aware whether the minister had studied the report yet because she was still on leave.

When asked about the report during the ANC's 52nd National Conference last month, Mabandla said: "No comment. I do not talk about those things."

Selebi has come under fire over his involvement with convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, who is also accused of the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.

Two warrants against Selebi were cancelled in September this year - the first was obtained by Scorpions' boss Gerrie Nel from the Randburg chief magistrate on September 10 for Selebi's arrest for alleged corruption, fraud, racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.

On September 14, a search warrant was obtained from the deputy judge president of the Witwatersrand local division of the high court in Johannesburg.

Acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe had both warrants cancelled shortly after taking over the reins from suspended NPA boss, Vusi Pikoli.

Pikoli was suspended in September because of an "irretrievable breakdown" in the relationship between him and the justice minister. - Sapa

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