Jackie Selebi dies in hospital

JANUARY 23, 2015

Former National Police Commissioner and convicted fraudster, Jackie Selebi, has died aged 64, the African National Congress said on Friday. Selebi reportedly died in hospital on Friday morning.

"The department of correctional services has confirmed this to us," ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa said.

Selebi's friend, Schabir Shaik, said he heard the news this morning.

"I believe he's been in an induced coma for some time now for about two-and-a-half weeks. He finally passed on between late last night and early this morning I believe," he was quoted as saying.

‘A good man’

"He was a good man," Shaik said.

"I have good memories when I worked with him at [ANC headquarters] Shell House in the early 90s. I recall him to be a good comrade."

Fall from grace

Selebi once served as President of African National Congress Youth League from 1987 to 1991, and was at one point President of Interpol.

In January 2008, he was put on extended leave as national police commissioner, and resigned as president of Interpol, after he was charged with corruption. He was replaced as national commissioner in July 2009 by Bheki Cele.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption on 2 July 2010 and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on 3 August 2010.

His appeal against his sentence was rejected by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 2 December 2011, after the court unanimously ruled against him. However, he was released on medical parole in July 2012.


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