Pikoli’s wife got free shares from Kebble

2009-11-17 11:42

ON THE same day that Vusi Pikoli was announced as the new national

director of public prosecutions in 2005, his wife Girlie received shares from a

company linked to slain mining magnate Brett Kebble.

The South Gauteng High Court where Pikoli testified against former

national police commissioner Jackie Selebi this morning, also heard that Mrs

Pikoli did not pay for the shares in Vulisango Holdings.

This was sad by Selebi’s legal counsel Jaap Cilliers during cross

examination of Pikoli.

Pikoli denied any knowledge at the time that the shares were free

or that Vulisango was linked to the Kebbles.

He also said that it was a “coincidence” that his wife received

shares on the same day he was appointed.

“But what I do know is that she was approached as far as 2001 about

participating in Vulisango,” said Pikoli.

Cilliers asked: “But are you telling the court that you didn’t

realise at any stage that Vulisango was part of the JCI/Kebble group?”

Replied Pikoli: “No, at the time I never made the connection.”

When he entered his not guilty plea in October, Selebi said the

charges against him were part of a conspiracy by Pikoli and former NDPP Bulelani

Ngcuka.

Selebi also claimed that he had approached Pikoli about his wife’s

business dealings with Vulisango which was linked to Simmer & Jack Limited,

a company which Kebble owned.

Pikoli denied that Selebi had ever approached him regarding his

wife obtaining shares from Vulisango.

“I was shocked and angry when I heard that. It’s an absolute blue

lie that he (Selebi) called me to his office to discuss my wife and the shares.

Not once did he raise the issue ... It’s astonishing for him to have said what

he said to this court, to this judge,” said Pikoli.

The trial continues.
 

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