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Vol 47 No 24

Published 1st December 2006

South Africa

Help, murder, police!

The investigation of a fraudster's murder raises doubts about the national police chief's position

President Thabo Mbeki and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula are so far standing by National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, who is at the centre of a bizarre political-criminal scandal. It began when Brett Kebble, a mining magnate and fraudster, who has been bankrolling the defence of the sacked Deputy President, Jacob Zuma, was shot dead in his car on 27 September last year. Kebble has been linked to the theft of millions of mining company shares. On 16 November the Scorpions, the investigative arm of the National Prosecutions Authority, arrested Selebi's friend Glen Agliotti in connection with the murder. They are now investigating Selebi himself, who insists he has done no wrong and was unaware of any criminal activity by Agliotti.

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