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Selebi: NPA official testifies

2010-05-05 12:21

Johannesburg - A former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official who investigated the siphoning of funds for informants by senior Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) officials, testified in the Jackie Selebi corruption trial on Wednesday.

Prince Mokotedi told the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg that Gerrie Nel - the State prosecutor in the Selebi trial - was among those he investigated.

"We got the information that the Saps will give information to the Directorate of Special Operations members, who will in turn present the information as their own, therefore siphoning the C-funds [funds set aside for police informants]." Mokotedi said he had encountered difficulties while investigating the matter, and had had to resort to approaching Selebi, then national police chief.

"There was a time when my boss met with the accused [Selebi] and the accused said he was closing in on some DSO members involved in the siphoning of C-funds."

Harassed

Asked by defence counsel Jaap Cilliers how NPA members had reacted to his investigation, Mokotedi said he was "harassed and removed from his position".

When Nel started his cross-examination, he said Mokotedi had agreed to testify "so you could say Nel was involved".

"I get an idea that you wanted to say Nel was involved," he said.

Mokotedi denied this, and made reference to a memorandum Nel had written, requesting R80 000 for a source who supplied information about the shipment of drugs into the country.

"Later, when I interviewed you, you said the ship never reached our shores," said Mokotedi.

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