Sars man testifies in Selebi trial

2010-05-05 13:39

Johannesburg - An SA Revenue Service (Sars) official who worked with ex top cop Jackie Selebi on tax and contraband crime issues was called in as the defence's sixth witness on Wednesday morning.

Johannes van Loggerenberg was, however, not allowed to disclose certain details about information Selebi shared with him due to the income tax oath he had undertaken.

He told the High Court in Johannesburg, however, that the majority of the cases Selebi tipped him off on resulted in successful prosecution and the confiscation of contraband goods.

Defence counsel Jaap Cilliers did not question Van Loggerenberg on the Sars sting on company Tygon.

The State had alleged that Selebi used his connections with Sars officials to help his friend Gavin Varejes in organising a tax evasion sting on Tygon, a company owned by Gary Porritt.

The prosecution had said Varejes had a score to settle with Porritt, so he used Selebi to set Sars on Porritt's company.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel did not cross-examine Van Loggerenberg.

The trial was then postponed to Friday as the witness Cilliers intends calling next was in Mozambique.

Former police commissioner Selebi had pleaded not guilty to a count of corruption and another of defeating the ends of justice in connection with at least R1.2 million he allegedly received from various people in return for favours.