Selebi wanted private company for police work

2009-11-11 10:36

FORMER police commissioner Jackie Selebi allegedly promised a

security company belonging to Clint Nassif a job to conduct drug raids and

monitor movements of containers at the country’s ports.

The South Gauteng High Court today heard that Selebi allegedly made

the promise to the Central National Security Group (CNSG), after a similar

contract to another company had ended.

Stephen Sander, who was the operational director at CNSG, told the

court that he and Nassif – who is also a witness in the case – met Selebi where

the security work was discussed. Both Nassif and Sander were introduced to

Selebi by convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

This was despite the fact that CNSG did not have security clearance

from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to work for the police.

Sander said Selebi told them “not to worry” and that he would

organise the clearance but failed to do so. He later, according to Sander, told

CNSG that he was under pressure from senior police officers not to use the

company for any police work.

Sander also claimed that Mantombi Matshoba, who was once Selebi’s

secretary while working for the ANC in the early 1990s, was a director of CNSG

and attended the meetings when they met the former top cop.

“We needed her (Matshoba) because of her relationship with the ANC

and strong political and business contacts,” Sander said.

At another meeting with Selebi held at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg,

Selebi allegedly handed CNSG a document about a project that the former police

commissioner wanted them to do for police in Sudan.

The project included training of 80 police officers that the SA

Police Service was going to send to Sudan and the supply of weapons and

ammunition.

Sander said that at some point Selebi also told them to fire CNSG’s

investigators Andre Burger and Henry Beukes if the company “want to continue

having a relationship” with him.

Sander admitted he did not know why Selebi did not like the two men

but the company eventually removed Burger and Beukes because “we wanted Selebi

on our side”.

The trial continues.
 

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