Johannesburg - “I have been expecting this since day one,” Jackie Selebi said on Tuesday about his 15-year prison sentence for corruption.

He added: “The case is far from over.”

His brother, Suleiman Selebi, said outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg after sentencing, that Judge Meyer Joffe is an “apartheid judge” who has found his brother guilty in an “apartheid court” according to the “imperial West’s” Roman-Dutch legal system, which “should not be allowed in this country any more”.

Joffe said during sentencing: “Mr Selebi, you have brought humiliation to the post of police chief; you’re an embarrassment to those who appointed you; an embarrassment to your fellow police officials; an embarrassment for each and every rational South African; and you’re an embarrassment to this court for the fact that you thought the court would believe your dishonest and fabricated testimony.

“It is unthinkable for a national chief of police to be found an unreliable witness.

“Police officials who work hard deserve better than someone like you.”

Could have said no

Joffe said Selebi could have said no to the bribe offered by Glenn Agliotti, just as is expected from a police constable who earns just a fraction of Selebi’s salary.

The gravity of corruption cannot be underestimated, the judge said.

“It sabotages a country’s prosperity and the development of a democracy, and it is also one of the biggest threats to constitutional law and order in South Africa.

“Corruption destroys the morals and values of a nation like a cancer which needs to be cut out. Corruption among members of the police will never be acceptable, let alone from the chief of police.

Selebi knew of the dangers of corruption. During his inaugural address he said he would be focusing on corruption ‘so we can fight crime with clean hands’.”

No sympathy

Joffe said Selebi had “polluted” the police service and addressed him personally: “Mr Selebi, you led the police service in maintaining law and order in our country, fighting crime and protecting us all.

“You have polluted that service. People looked up to you with respect to take a leader’s stance against crime.”

According to Joffe, Selebi’s corrupt behaviour has caused considerable damage to South Africa and the South African Police Service.

Fifteen years is the minimum sentence for a crime of this nature, as is determined in the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Joffe also said it might be true that Selebi has suffered and fallen, but lost the sympathy he would have had by lying in court and fabricating testimony.

Released on R20 000 bail

Jaap Cilliers SC, Selebi’s legal representative, indicated that they will be applying for leave to appeal. Joffe gave them two weeks to prepare the application, otherwise Selebi has to report to prison within 48 hours thereafter.

Selebi was released on R20 000 bail. He paid this before being taken away in a police vehicle amidst great interest in the street.

The former police chief said: “I’ll speak when I’m ready.”

Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the national prosecuting authority, said outside the court the sentence is harsh enough to make police officials think twice about the temptation of corruption.

“The punishment fits the crime.”

I wonder how this could be blamed on Apartheid?! And I also wonder what type of legal system they want, it rather seems to me like they want none at all? It just makes me sick that these baboons have so little respect for the law, no wonder that we are in this mess!