Rautenbach admits to paying bribe to Selebi

2009-11-19 09:53

BILLY Rautenbach has admitted that he gave convicted drug dealer

Glenn Agliotti $100 000 (about R745 000) to pay the former national police

commissioner Jackie Selebi to “sort out his issues”, among them tax evasions, in

South Africa.

Rautenbach, the former Hyundai SA boss, testified today in the

Selebi’s corruption trial that it was “very important” for him to pay the money

because the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had previously “shut the door”

for him, adding that he asked Agliotti to speak to the relevant authorities in

South Africa so that he would have the opportunity to explain his position about

the Hyundai matter.

Rautenbach said Agliotti gave him the impression that he was

well-connected and had various contacts with influential people. “He was quite

presentable, quite a salesman.”

According to him, Agliotti asked for the money after he had met

with Selebi, who promised to assist him with his legal problems in South Africa.

Rautenbach says he met with Agliotti at a parking lot in the Democratic Republic

of Congo where he handed him the cash.

“I gave him the money, though my problems were never resolved,” he

said, adding that he never met the then top cop because he had no access to the

country but relied only on Agliotti to keep him informed.

During cross-examination Rautenbach denied that Agliotti had told

him that Selebi refused to assist him and asked that he come back to South

Africa to face the music. “He didn’t tell me that, he said the case was moving

forward.”

The trial continues.

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