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SAPS gets seat on Interpol committee

South Africa becomes the only African country to be represented on the committee.

Police minister Nathi Nhleko congratulates Brigadier Anbuen Naidoo. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service says its delegation to Interpol's General Assembly, held in Rwanda, has returned having won a seat on the organisation's executive committee.

South Africa becomes the only African country to be represented on the committee, which steers the work of the global crime fighting organisation.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi says 190 countries voted in favour of South Africa joining the table.

"We'll be carrying two flags, pushing the agenda of South Africa, as well as Africa. We believe that with our experience, as well as our interactions that we have held with other countries in Africa we'll be able to make a huge success."

The South African delegation in the executive committee will be headed by Brigadier Anbuen Naidoo for the coming three years. Naidoo is also the head of Interpol's National Central Bureau (NCB).

Police minister Nathi Nhleko says South Africa will continue to play a leading role in international policing.

Former police chief Jackie Selebi - who was convicted of corruption - served as president of Interpol at the time of his arrest.