Disgraced former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is still receiving a state funded pension and medical aid.
Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa revealed this information in response to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question.
The Minister must explain how, despite Selebi being sentenced to 15 years in jail for corruption, and the fact that he still owes the public more than R17.4 million in legal fees for his trial, he is still entitled to such benefits.
I will be writing to the Minister to request a full explanation, and to urge that steps be taken to address this apparent anomaly.
I will also be submitting questions to Minister Mthethwa to determine how much, if any, of Selebi’s legal fees have been recovered and what steps he is taking to ensure the public is fully refunded.
Jackie Selebi has been convicted of corruption and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
His conduct is a disgrace, and undermines the hard work and dedication shown by many of the men and women of the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Minister Mthethwa must act to ensure that the South African people do not have to bear the legal costs of the disgraced former police chief, and that anomalies in the issuing of benefits to SAPS members are swiftly rectified.