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On Tuesday morning the Johannesburg High Court sentenced disgraced former National Commissioner of Police Jackie Selebi to 15 years imprisonment.
Judge Meyer Joffe said Selebi failed to show any remorse, had lied and manufactured evidence, and embarrassed the police service.
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"But unfortunately for the accused, it goes further than an absence of remorse. The accused lied and fabricated evidence in an endeavour to escape the consequences of his conduct. By so doing, he eroded much of the sympathy that one could have had with him."
Judge Joffe told Selebi he was an embarrassment five times over - to the office of the national commissioner of police that he had occupied at the time of the crime; to those who had appointed him to it; to the SA Police Service officers he had led; to all "right-thinking citizens"; and, to the court.
"It is inconceivable that the person who occupied the office of national commissioner of police could have been such a stranger to the truth," said Judge Joffe.
"It is not possible to measure the level of embarrassment to policemen and women who are in the frontline of the fight against crime, who daily put their lives on the line for their fellow citizens when confronted by the reality that their former national commissioner jettisons the truth when he thinks it will advance his case," said the judge.