Agliotti paid Selebi medical bill

2009-10-06 12:23

CONVICTED drug dealer Glenn Agliotti told the South Gauteng High

Court (Johannesburg) that he did not mind paying the medical bill for one of the

children of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Agliotti, the first witness on the stand in the trial against

Selebi for corruption and defeating the ends of justice, said he simply wrote

out a cheque to settle the bill which was between R1?000 and R1?200 for Selebi’s

child.

“I volunteered to pay the bill. I had no problem doing so. I just

made out a cheque,” he said.

Selebi has pleaded not guilty and instead alleged that the charges

against him were part of a conspiracy by former national directors of public

prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka and Vusi Pikoli.

Agliotti, who is facing a murder charge for the killing of mining

magnate Brett Kebble, told the court that he first met Selebi in the early 1990s

at the then ANC headquarters Shell House. Selebi was responsible for the social

welfare and development desk at the ANC and part of his duties was to help with

the relocation (back into the country) of party members who were in exile.

Agliotti said Selebi told him about the “huge task” he had of

relocating the exiles and that he sympathised with the former top cop. Agliotti

said he told Selebi then that he wanted to import second-hand clothes for resale

in the country and that part of his proceeds would go towards the ANC. However,

this did not happen and the two men lost contact until 2000 when they met again

while Selebi was police commissioner.

According to Agliotti, the meeting was attended by Paul Stemmet,

Yusuf Surtee and Selebi – who was in police uniform. Although Agliotti was not

part of the meeting, when he and Selebi met their friendship “took off from

there”.

The trial continues.


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