Agliotti paid Selebi medical bill

2009-10-12 10:31

CONVICTED drug dealer Glenn Agliotti told the South Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) that he did not mind paying the medical bill for one of the children of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Agliotti, the first witness on the stand in the trial against Selebi for corruption and defeating the ends of justice, said he simply wrote out a cheque to settle the bill which was between R1 000 and R1 200 for Selebi’s child.

“I volunteered to pay the bill. I had no problem doing so. I just made out a cheque,” he said.
Selebi has pleaded not guilty and instead alleged that the charges against him were part of a conspiracy by former national directors of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka and Vusi Pikoli.

Agliotti, who is facing a murder charge for the killing of mining magnate Brett Kebble, told the court that he first met Selebi in the early 1990s at the then ANC headquarters Shell House. Selebi was responsible for the social welfare and development desk at the ANC and part of his duties was to help with the relocation (back into the country) of party members who were in exile.

Agliotti said Selebi told him about the “huge task” he had of relocating the exiles and that he sympathised with the former top cop. Agliotti said he told Selebi then that he wanted to import second-hand clothes for resale in the country and that part of his proceeds would go towards the ANC. However, this did not happen and the two men lost contact until 2000 when they met again while Selebi was police commissioner.

According to Agliotti, the meeting was attended by Paul Stemmet, Yusuf Surtee and Selebi – who was in police uniform. Although Agliotti was not part of the meeting, when he and Selebi met their friendship “took off from there”.

The trial continues.

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