I won’t sell my soul for money – Selebi

2010-04-15 12:29

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi has denied receiving money

from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, saying he would “never sell his

soul for money”.

“I have never received money in order to act in a certain way...

I have never asked for money from anyone and I’m not guilty of anything,” Selebi

testified at his corruption trial in the high court in Johannesburg.

Responding to claims he had asked Agliotti for money to get medical

assistance for one of his children, Selebi said Agliotti was a compulsive liar.

“That’s a blue lie. Agliotti is the type of person who, when I tell him I’m a

born-again Christian, he will go around saying, ‘I invited Jackie to meet


I don’t wear


Selebi further denied Agliotti’s claim that he had bought clothing

from fashion label Fubu for Selebi or his children, saying he would never be

caught wearing “baggy clothing. If I wanted clothing, I will go to a shop called

Grays (a luxury clothing store in Sandton). My children do not wear Fubu... I

don’t wear Fubu. I will be regarded as a mad man should I wear that. If I wore

Fubu, people will say this case has made Jackie to lose his mind.”

Selebi said he first met Agliotti in the early 1990s when he worked

for an organisation that repatriated exiled South Africans. “I met a lot of

people who approached me and said we can help... One of those was Glenn. He

said he was involved in the import/export business and could help supply

clothing to the exiled South Africans who were returning to the country.”

Agliotti had suggested importing second-hand clothes from Japan for

the exiles. The suggestion, Selebi said, was “fantastic at the time”. However,

nothing came of it as somebody told Selebi he could not possibly expect clothing

from Japan to fit South Africans.

He denied receiving substantial amounts of money from Agliotti, a

convicted drug trafficker, saying: “Money has never been the centre of my life... I lived in exile without a salary.”

The trial continues.

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