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Selebi: Wife handled finances

2010-04-28 16:05

Johannesburg - Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi disrespected the court by discussing his case with his wife while under oath, prosecutor Gerrie Nel contended in the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

This, after Selebi repeatedly referred to a hand-written A4 notepad he said his wife prepared over the long weekend.

The document detailed the Selebi's household expenditure for the years 2004 and 2005.

"Somebody prepared you for cross-examination Mr Selebi... your wife and yourself discussed the KPMG report and looked at your expenses to see why there was a dip in expenditure (in December 2004 to April 2005)," Nel said.

"Over the weekend, whilst under oath, you discussed the matter with your wife... Why?" he asked.

Wife handled finances

Selebi replied that he had discussed details of his household expenditure with his wife "because I was trying to get answers from my wife... she who was intimately involved in household matters".

When Nel put it to him that he knew he "can't discuss matters while under oath," Selebi said he was trying to "get to grips with evidence given to court".

"You have no respect for oath... No respect for court by doing so," said Nel.

He was cross-examining Selebi on his financial affairs, particularly on a dip in his family's expenditure around the time convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti claimed to have given him R300 000 cash.

Selebi has denied receiving the money from Agliotti.

He claims that his household expenditure went down after he fixed leaking water pipes.

He said he and his wife had also not used their credit cards or chequebook as his wife had received vouchers from the Taiwanese embassy which they had used to buy food in bulk.