Mbeki got shoes from drug dealer - court hears

2009-10-07 12:47

AXED President Thabo Mbeki received a pair of shoes from the

largesse of drug smuggler Glenn Agliotti through former police chief Jackie

Selebi.

This was heard in the third day of the trial against Selebi who is

facing corruption and defeating the ends of justice charges.

Agliotti, who is facing charges for the murder of mining magnate

Brett Kebble, told the court that he and Selebi were at men’s clothing shop

Grays in Sandton when the accused said he wanted to buy a pair of shoes for

Mbeki.

Agliotti was giving testimony about the many presents he bought for

Selebi when he told the court that he brought shoes for Selebi outside and

inside the country.

He then said that not only Selebi received shoes from him.

State advocate Gerrie Nel then asked: “Who else?” To which Agliotti

replied: “the ex-president Thabo Mbeki”.

He said while they were shopping at Grays, Selebi told him that he

wanted to buy shoes for Mbeki and told the shop assistant that he wanted to buy

a size seven shoe because the person (he was buying for) had “broad feet”.

Among the presents Selebi received from Agliotti were expensive

ties, clothing for his children and bags for his wife and secretary.

The state is alleging that Selebi received gifts from Agliotti and

the Kebbles in exchange for protection from prosecution.

But Selebi has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty saying

that the charges against him were a conspiracy hatched by former directors of

public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka and Vusi Pikoli.

Both Ngcuka and Pikoli have denied this.

The trial continues.


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