THE South African Police Service (SAPS) is still locked in negotiations with Jackie Selebi’s lawyers over the recovery of millions in legal costs‚ national Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Wednesday (09/10/2013).
The disgraced former national commissioner of the SAPS racked up huge legal costs while defending himself against charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice.
Selebi made headlines earlier this week when he was photographed shopping in a Pretoria shopping centre and getting into a luxury BMW car at the weekend. This despite him having been granted a medical parole after serving less than one year of a 15-year sentence because he had a terminal disease.
Fielding questions from Parliament’s police committee‚ Gen Phiyega was asked by Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald what progress had been made in recovering the money. He said judging from the car Selebi was seen getting into there "was no shortage of money”.
Gen Phiyega said she was unable to comment on the car‚ but emphasised the principle that if a member of the SAPS lost a criminal case then the legal costs had to be repaid.
She said the issue was complicated because Selebi’s lawyers were arguing that with regard to some aspects of the legal proceedings Selebi had been successful‚ but had lost his case overall.
"We are negotiating with his lawyers but are near to a conclusion‚” Gen Phiyega said. © BDlive 2013