23 Jan 2015 15:37pm
SELEBI HAILED AS A 'GIANT AND LEADER' The ANC expressed sadness on Friday at the death of disgraced former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, describing him as a "giant and leader of our people". "Comrade Selebi has been a long standing member of the African National Congress and the ANCYL," African National Congress spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement. "As we close the chapter of his life, we are opening the chapter of his legacy which will inspire generations to come to serve this nation with loyalty and steadfastness." The party sent its condolences to Selebi's family. Selebi died on Friday at the age of 64. According to media reports, he had suffered from diabetes and had kidney problems. Selebi was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on August 3, 2010 for taking bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti. Agliotti took to social networking site Twitter on Friday to send his condolences to Selebi's family." "My condolences to Anne Selebi and the family on the passing of Jackie," he wrote. In response to a Twitter follower, Agliotti said it was a sad day. The Inkatha Freedom Party acknowledged Selebi's contribution to the struggle against apartheid and as commissioner. "We wish to thank him for the contribution he made to the development of our country," IFP secretary general Sibongile Nkomo said in a statement. "We offer our deepest condolences to the ANC and the Selebi family." The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said its members, who worked under Selebi for nine years, were deeply touched by his death. "Despite the issues that led to his unceremonious departure from office as the country's police commissioner, some of his deeds as head of the SAPS [SA Police Service] led to the effective execution of excellent policing nationally," spokeswoman Theto Mahlakoana said in a statement. "[Popcru] extends heartfelt condolences to the Selebi family and those who worked with him as well as his friends." The Young Communist League of SA hailed Selebi as a "gallant fighter and son of the soil". "Like other leaders of the ANCYL, like Nelson Mandela, Anton Lembede and Mxolisi Majombozi, he will forever be remembered as a member of a generation of young people who took it upon themselves to fight the apartheid regime and build a better life for all our people in South Africa," the YCLSA said in a statement. "He will forever be remembered for his selfless and unassuming character." Sapa /gq/cls/fg