Jackie Selebi: South Africa’s ex-police chief to be freed.
Names: Selebi, Jacob Sello (Jackie)
Born: 7 March 1950, Johannesburg, South Africa
In summary: ANC Youth League head in exile, Member of the African National Congress, Member of Parliament, Director-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Police Commissioner and President of Interpol.
Jacob (Jackie) Sello Selebi was born on 7 March 1950 in Johannesburg. Selebi was the African National Congress (ANC) representative to the Soviet Union’s World Federation of Democratic Youth in Budapest, Hungary, from 1983 to 1987. In 1987, he was elected as leader of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) while in exile in Zambia. In the same year, he was appointed to the National Executive Committee of the ANC.
In 1991, he was responsible for the repatriation of ANC exiles back to South Africa. After returning from exile, Selebi was one of the ANC’s acclaimed civil servants.
In 1993, he was appointed the head of the ANC’s Department of Welfare. After South Africa’s first democratic elections, in 1994, Selebi became an ANC Member of Parliament. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed South Africa’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, a post that saw him chair two key UN sessions, the 54th session of the Human Rights Commission and the Oslo Diplomatic Conference on a Convention Banning Anti-Personnel Landmines. From 1995 to 1998, Selebi served as the South African Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
In 1998, Selebi was appointed Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pretoria, a post he held until 1999. He had a distinguished career as a diplomat. In addition, in 1998, Selebi received a Human Rights Award from the International Service for Human Rights.
Former president Thabo Mbeki appointed him as the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service on 1 January 2000 as successor to the then National Police Commissioner, George Fivaz, whose term of office expired at the end of January 2000.
Selebi was elected Vice - President of Interpol (African region) in 2002, as post he held until 2004 and was elected INTERPOL President from 2004 and served until 12 January 2008.
On 10 September 2007, the National Prosecuting Authority issued a warrant of arrest for Selebi for corruption, fraud, racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.
“The Rev. Frank Chikane, a longtime anti-apartheid activist and respected theologian who has also served as director in the South African presidency, believes crime figures aligned themselves to ANC leaders before the first democratic elections in 1994 that swept the ANC to power.
Agliotti befriended Selebi when he was based at the party’s exile headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia and gave the ANC money donations, ostensibly for its liberation cause, Chikane said in public lecture on Wednesday.
Chikane, who was frequently arrested for his activism in apartheid-era South Africa, said criminals identified the country’s upcoming black leaders as soon-to-be allies in the new government and helped them with cash— both in exile and at home.”
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