Selebi received US dollars – Agliotti

2009-10-06 16:25

BROWN envelopes carrying US dollars were handed to former police

commissioner Jackie Selebi at Johannesburg’s upmarket coffee shops, the South

Gauteng High Court heard on today.

And to access Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble paid a

whopping US$1 million to Glenn Agliotti to buy protection from the former top


These were some of the startling revelations Agliotti – who is

accused of Kebble’s murder – made at the second day of the corruption and

defeating the ends of justice trial of Selebi.

Selebi collected most of the payments at clothing boutiques,

Sandton coffee shops and also at the Midrand offices of Masupatsela – a company

owned by Agliotti’s ex-wife.

“I charged the Kebbles US$1 million as a consultancy fee for access

to the accused. I didn’t want them to have direct access to him because they

wouldn’t need my services,” said Agliotti.

He added that he would cash the cheques himself and hand over the

money to Selebi in envelopes.

The court also heard how Kebble paid around R19 million from his

company JCI and R7 million from CMMS, into a Spring Lights account that was used

by Agliotti to pay Selebi. Selebi only received about R1.2 million in a series

of payments from Agliotti.

Agliotti said he was introduced to Kebble by his former security

head Paul Stemmet, who was later replaced by Clinton Nassif because Kebble felt

he could not trust Stemmet.

Kebble, the chief executive officer of JCI at the time, and his

confidante Johan Stratton met Agliotti where the two said they had “complaints

and problems” that needed to be addressed at the highest level in the SA Police


The problems included an investigation into DRD Gold mining company

and the arrest of Kebble’s father, Roger, on tax charges.

“I then approached the accused with the complaint, handed it to

him. He then said that he would organise, to present our complaint together with

all the relevant facts,” Agliotti said.

Agliotti set up a meeting between Selebi and several other police

officers with former judge Willem Heath representing JCI. Stratton and Agliotti

also attended the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to “present their complaint and case

to SAPS and then obviously to have it further investigated”.

“I cemented a relationship with them... because of my relationship

with the accused. They wanted the accused on board. I said to them it would cost

one million US dollars, which was my consulting fee and they agreed to


Agliotti also said he and Selebi would “often meet, chat, shop

together... Jackie and myself”.

Selebi recruited Agliotti to be a police informer and was paid R10

000. One of his first breakthroughs was providing information on a shipment of

1.2 million Mandrax tablets, with an estimated street value of R80 million in

2002. Agliotti requested reward money from Selebi for the drug bust.

“I phoned the accused and asked him if he was happy with the

operation and he indicated that he was ecstatic.”

Agliotti also testified to buying clothes for Selebi and a R10 000

Loius Vitton handbag for his wife and another 500 pound handbag for his

secretary and alleged girlfriend Ntombi.

“I enjoyed shopping and so did he. Him being my friend, I would ask

the shop assistance to put those items on my account,” he said.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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