Selebi faces bills of R15m

2010-07-04 10:35

Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi will have to find R15 million to pay legal fees.

He has to repay his legal expenses and will also have to fund further costs if he decides to ­appeal against his conviction of corruption on Friday.

Selebi has not earned a salary for the past 12 months and is reputed to be broke. He has to ­repay every cent of the R14.5 million the state paid over the past two years to fund his defence.

His appeal could run up to R500 000 because his case is high-profile, and due to the seniority of his legal counsel and size of the case record, says a lawyer.

Selebi still lives in upmarket Waterkloof, but his wife, Anne – who has been by his side through the marathon trial – is said to be looking for a smaller property.

Yesterday Selebi’s lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, said she knew nothing about any sale of assets by the family. “I will consult and take instruction on the road ahead next week,” she said.

Friends and former colleagues of Selebi have tried to help the former commissioner, but he has declined their offers.

Several of his allies visited the Selebi home in the days leading up to the judgment.

In court on Friday Selebi ­refused to comment to the media about the guilty verdict, saying only “nothing, nothing”.

There are likely to be 10 sleepless nights for Selebi, who returns on July 14 for sentencing by Judge Meyer Joffe in the South Gauteng High Court.

Once sentencing has been handed down Selebi will need to apply to Joffe for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal n Bloemfontein.

On Friday Joffe acquitted Selebi of defeating the ends of justice but nailed the former police chief on corruption for money he received from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

While Selebi denied ever ­receiving money or gifts from Agliotti, Joffe accepted the version given by Agliotti, corroborated by cheque folios, that he paid “his friend” (Selebi) money.

From the judgment it is clear that bling clothing and a love for the finer things in life led to ­Selebi’s downfall.

Agliotti gave evidence that he not only gave Selebi cash but also spent a fortune on clothes for him from exclusive men’s shops in Sandton City, Johannesburg, and Harrods in London.

Selebi’s wife, children and secretary had all benefited from ­Agliotti’s largesse.

Agliotti said he bought a Gucci handbag for Selebi’s wife while on a trip to the UK, and clothes for the former top cop’s sons at Fubu in Sandton.

Selebi denied this and said he only courted Agliotti for information on underworld criminal activities. Joffe found, however, that Agliotti was “streetwise enough to appreciate” that he needed Selebi in his dealings with the slain mining magnate, Brett Kebble, and his father, Roger Kebble.

The Kebbles were facing tax charges which were being investigated by the National Prosecuting Authority and ­Selebi attended meetings and dinners with the family.

“It is inconceivable that the head of the SAPS would involve himself in the political education of the Kebbles … The meetings were not attended by reasons of friendship but of necessity because Agliotti was paying him,” Joffe said.

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