Jackie Selebi’s chief accuser says he feels vindicated by the former police commissioner’s conviction on a charge of corruption on Friday, adding that he now has his sights on several more top officers whom he believe are corupt.
Selebi was found guilty in the South Gauteng High Court after a lengthy trial. Eyewitness News says Paul O’Sullivan was head of airport security during Selebi’s tenure and initiated the probe into Selebi’s dealings backed by a dossier. O’Sullivan said for him there was only one verdict. “I had the evidence so too did the president and the minister of Safety and Security but they chose to ignore the evidence.”
In an interview on 702 Talkradio this morning he also accused Gauteng police commissioner Perumal Naidoo and deputy national police commissioner Andre Pruis of perjury,saying the lied under oath to protect Selebi. Naidoo refused to comment on the allegation when contacted by the radio station.
The Mail & Guardian newspaper on Friday reported senior officials from the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and “senior Hawks member” Piet Viljoen were in court on Thursday to listen to Judge Meyer Joffe’s marathon judgement.
The AFU’s presence indicates it is prepared to grab Selebi’s assets, including his luxury Waterkloof house in Pretoria and vehicles belonging to the family, the paper said. “Viljoen’s attendance strongly suggests the police are waiting to hear whether Joffe’s judgement will implicate senior police officers who supported Selebi. Viljoen is a close confidant of Hawks head Anwa Dramat and it is known that the Jacob Zuma administration’s head of police, General Bheki Cele, wants to rid the South African Police Service of Selebi loyalists,” the paper continued. The “Hawks” are an amalgam of the NPA’s former investigative unit, the “Scorpions” and the police’s organised crime unit and answers to Cele.
According to a senior security establishment source, most of Selebi’s loyal lieutenants, including former crime intelligence head Mulangi Mphego and head of investigations Tim Williams, have already left the police. Pruis, who is heading World Cup security is said to be retiring when the tournament finishes, the M&G says.