Milestones from the career of Jackie Selebi

Jacob (Jackie) Sello Selebi died at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital on Friday 23 January 2015 following end-stage kidney failure.

Here is a look back at Jackie Selebi and his career:

1950: Born on 7 March in Johannesburg, South Africa

1970's: According to a caller to Xolani Gwala's show Jackie taught him history at a school in Pimville, Soweto, among others

1983-1987: ANC representative to the Soviet Union's World Federation of Democratic Youth in Budapest, Hungary

1987: Leader of ANCYL while in exile in Zambia. Also, appointed to the National Executive Committee of the ANC

1991: Responsible for the repatriation of ANC exiles back to South Africa. After returning from exile, Selebi himself was one of the ANC’s acclaimed civil servants

1993: Head of the ANC’s Department of Welfare

1994: ANC Member of Parliament. Shortly thereafter, appointed South Africa’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.

In this post he chaired two key UN sessions, the 54th session of the Human Rights Commission and the Oslo Diplomatic Conference on a Convention Banning Anti-Personnel Landmines.

Specific reference to Jackie Selebi on the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) website detailing his personal efforts at the Oslo Diplomatic Conference.

His former UN colleague, then Ambassador Dumisani Khumalo had this to say to 702's Xolani Gwala...

1995-1998: Served as South African Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

1998 -1999: Appointed Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1998: Received a Human Rights Award from the International Service for Human Rights

2000: National Commissioner of the South African Police Service

2002-2004: Elected Vice- President of Interpol for the African region

2004-2008: Elected INTERPOL President

Jackie Selebi speaks with the press after he was appointed the new President of Interpol in 2004. Picture: AFP

2006: Allegations of corruption surfaced – denied by Selebi

2007: National Prosecuting Authority issues a warrant of arrest for Selebi for corruption, fraud, racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.

His comments on crime at the time: “What’s all the fuss?” He suggests legalising prostitution and public drinking for the duration of the 2010 Soccer World Cup

2008: President Mbeki effectively suspends Selebi. He is put on extended leave as National Police Commissioner, and resigned as President of Interpol, after he was charged with corruption.

2010: Almost 2 years after the charges against him were laid; Selebi’s trial began on 8 April 2010.

Jackie Selebi looks on during a hearing at the High Court of Johannesburg, on August 3, 2010. Picture: AFP.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption on 2 July 2010, but not guilty of further charges of perverting the course of justice. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on 3 August 2010.

2011: In December the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) unanimously overturns his appeal against his sentence, and orders that he begin his 15-year jail sentence immediately

2012: Released on medical parole – suffering from end-stage renal disease linked to diabetes

2015: Died on 23 January, aged 64 at Netcare Jakaranda Hospital from kidney failure

Source: South African HistoryOnline

Mandy Wiener, who extensively covered Jackie Selebi’s trial for Eyewitness News, spoke to the Midday Report's Stephen Grootes - reflecting on his complex life and legacy...

A funeral service for Jackie Selebi will be at the NG Kerk in Pretoria on Saturday from 8am.


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