Nqakula challenges Selebi's detractors

Date: 22 Nov 2006
Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has joined President Thabo Mbeki in condemning the media and sections of society for the "witch-hunting" campaign against embattled National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. Reacting to calls by religious leaders to investigate Selebi because of his friendship with Glenn Agliotti, who has been arrested over the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble, President Thabo Mbeki on Monday urged them to trust his faith in Selebi and his commitment to uphold the constitution, as well as the safety and security of the country. Yesterday. Nqakula challenged those who were calling for the suspension of Selebi to provide the police with concrete information that would lead to his prosecution and conviction. Nqakula challenged those calling for the investigation of Selebi to come forth with evidence, when he addressed the national and provincial representatives of the Community Policing Forums (CPFs) at a national community police consultative forum in Midrand yesterday. "You can't take a case to court if there is no evidence. If anyone has concrete information about the national commissioner, let him come forward. "It would be on the basis of that evidence that we would investigate. Not just evidence, but prima facie evidence," Nqakula said. "In the absence of any evidence, we are not going to witch-hunt because we would be rendering our constitution nonsensical." The argument was that if Agliotti was guilty, then the commissioner was as guilty as he was. "We can't work by association and friendship. We cannot work like the apartheid government by acting on the basis of flimsy evidence," said Nqakula. Earlier, he reiterated the importance of empowering CPFs as a viable way of combating crime. By Lebogang Seale The Star 22/11/06