Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi feels good and is ready to face the music.

"I feel alright, I am okay, I am really fine. I am waiting to hear what these people (NPA) have to say on Friday," Selebi told Sowetan yesterday.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will formally charge Selebi with corruption and defeating the ends of justice tomorrow at the Pretoria High Court.

His court appearance, which is expected to draw local and international attention, will last for a few minutes. He will be formally charged in court and a trial date will also be set.

President Thabo Mbeki placed Selebi on extended leave of absence early this month after his lengthy allegations that he (Selebi) was part of a crime syndicate.

Selebi supports attempts to integrate the NPA under the SAPS. He has denied allegations that he had been on the payroll of shady businessman Glenn Agliotti and had links with organised crime syndicates.

Selebi's desperate attempt to prevent the NPA from charging him resulted in him approaching the court with an urgent application to halt prosecution.

His trouble started after the murder of mining tycoon Brett Kebble in 2005. During the investigation of Kebble's murder, the NPA stumbled on evidence that linked their prime suspect Agliotti to Selebi.

Selebi is alleged to have been bribed with expensive gifts and cash of over R1,2 million to protect Agliotti and other members of a drug smuggling syndicate.