Selebi damaging perception of police force: CSVR

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation said keeping suspended police chief Jackie Selebi...

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The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation said keeping suspended police chief Jackie Selebi in his position was further damaging the public’s already crumbling perception of the force.

The announcement was made following Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s suggestion that President Kgalema Motlanthe should dismiss Selebi.

On Monday, the minister stated that he would not tolerate any corruption within the police force.

Mthethwa said he believed that the country needed stability within the force’s top structures before officers could take the fight against crime seriously.

The CSVR’s Amanda Dissel said keeping Selebi in his position, despite his suspension, was sending the wrong message to criminals and the public in general.

“If the rank and file see that the head of the organisation seems to be able to get away with crime or corruption then there seems to be no incentive for them to uphold the law themselves."