Selebi victim of the Scorpions, court told

04/05/2010.Lawrance Mrwebi leaving the Johannesburg high court after testifying in the jackie Selebi case. PIC: VATHISWA RUSELO.  04/05/2010. © SOWETAN
04/05/2010.Lawrance Mrwebi leaving the Johannesburg high court after testifying in the jackie Selebi case. PIC: VATHISWA RUSELO. 04/05/2010. © SOWETAN

FORMER national police commissioner Jackie Selebi "fell victim" to a plot by Scorpions bosses to dethrone him to maintain the status quo, former KwaZulu-Natal Scorpions head Lawrence Mrwebi told the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

FORMER national police commissioner Jackie Selebi "fell victim" to a plot by Scorpions bosses to dethrone him to maintain the status quo, former KwaZulu-Natal Scorpions head Lawrence Mrwebi told the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

He told the court that senior Scorpions members panicked when the ANC resolved to disband the Scorpions.

What followed were meetings where "strategies of how we can counter resolutions of the (ANC) policy conference were discussed ... (and how we could) ensure that the (Directorate of Special Operations, known as the Scorpions) could continue to exist.

"Scorpions head (Leonard) McCarthy instructed us to ensure that we arrest as many police officers as possible... It became clear that the target was the national commissioner," Mrwebi said.

He testified that he wrote an affidavit detailing what was discussed at the meeting after the Browse Mole Report was leaked to the media in 2007.

The affidavit, which he read in court yesterday morning, led to his suspension in 2008 for "various forms of misconduct".

Mrwebi's testimony followed that of Brigadier Reginald Taylor, who worked with Selebi at Interpol.

The trial continues. - Sapa

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