Selebi asked that Rautenbach’s charges be dropped

2009-11-17 09:11

FORMER police commissioner Jackie Selebi allegedly asked why the

now defunct Scorpions was not dropping charges against Billy Rautenbach, the

South Gauteng High Court heard has heard.

Axed National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Vusi Pikoli

testified this morning in Selebi’s corruption trial, saying that they were both

in Eastern Cape when Selebi asked him questions about the Rautenbach’s


Rautenbach was a wanted man in the country for fraud and tax

evasion related to activities when he was the boss of Hyundai.

Pikoli said he and Selebi had flown to Eastern Cape in a police jet

to attend the Joint Anti-Corruption Task Team (JACTT) meeting.

He said he asked Selebi why the Scorpions should drop charges

against Rautenbach, to which the former top allegedly responded: “I am in

possession of a letter that could embarrass both Ngcuka (former NDPP Bulelani

Ngcuka) and the National Prosecuting Authority”.

Pikoli said he did not answer Selebi because he did not think that

was an appropriate place to discuss the matter.

Pikoli, who is fighting his dismissal in court, also said Selebi’s

name had featured prominently in the Bad Guys investigation which was conducted

by the Scorpions.

He informed former Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and former

President Thabo Mbeki about this and the president suggested that Pikoli and

Selebi meet to discuss the matter.

Both men met on November 11 2006 in Pikoli’s office and “he

(Selebi) was very convincing” that he had not taken the money. “I was very

relieved because it’s hard to investigate a person who is known to you. I cried

tears of relief and he also cried,” said Pikoli. In the meeting they discussed

the UK report which Selebi allegedly showed to convicted drug dealer Glenn

Agliotti who was under watch from British authorities.

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