Selebi, Nel in verbal sparring

2010-04-16 14:13
Johannesburg - Judge Meyer Joffe was kept busy in the Jackie Selebi corruption trial on Friday morning, having to constantly call the former police chief and prosecutor Gerrie Nel to order.

The two men kept interrupting each other, prompting Joffe to ask them to give each other a chance to finish asking questions in the South Gauteng High Court.

At some point, the two even argued about the difference between the Bulgarian and the South African non-verbal signs of saying yes and no, drawing laughter from the packed public gallery.

"Be careful of shaking heads because in Bulgaria, shaking a head like this (nodding) means no and shaking it like this (to the side) means yes... opposite to South Africa. So I might have acted like Bulgarians," said Selebi, the former national police commissioner.

Nel, who had wanted to know if Selebi, by shaking his head, wanted to say yes, retorted: "Mr Selebi, this is a serious matter, you are not a Bulgarian and you know it."

Earlier in the morning, as Selebi's lawyer, Jaap Cilliers, wrapped up the evidence-in-chief, Selebi told the court that he considered the State's chief witness to be his friend.

"Glenn Agliotti was my friend but he was not my bosom friend," Selebi said.

"He was my friend for one reason - that whatever information I could siphon from him, I will, for the greater good."

Selebi said Agliotti had struck him as a "good man... somebody a person could have a relationship with".

Selebi took the stand on Thursday after he failed in an attempt to have the case against him dropped.

He told the court that Agliotti was a charming person who was good at providing him with information on white collar crime.

Selebi denied any involvement in corrupt activities and told the court he would "never sell his soul for money".

Selebi stands accused of defeating the ends of justice by receiving large sums of money from Agliotti - a convicted drug trafficker - in return for favours.

The trial continues.

- SAPA
Read more on:    jackie selebi  |  glenn agliotti  |  johannesburg  |  jackie selebi trial
NEXT ON NEWS24X

8 dead in KZN accidents

2014-12-20 16:15
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.