Selebi, Agliotti were intelligence project - ex-security boss

2015-02-01 09:18

Johannesburg - Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and convicted drug lord Glenn Agliotti were reportedly an “intelligence project” sanctioned by the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee.

According to the Sunday Independent, former crime intelligence boss Mulangi Mphego told them in an interview that a grave injustice had been done to Selebi and that evidence had been suppressed and ignored in order to secure his conviction.

Mphego alleges that Selebi had been tasked by the committee to foster a relationship with Agliotti, who had been identified as a suspect in extortion, money-laundering and drug-related crimes.

He said that the committee, which is comprised of heads of intelligence agencies, decided to task the national commissioner to foster a relationship with Agliotti.

“There is not a single day that he had an interaction with Agliotti that was not authorised at that level,” said Mphego.

Mphego’s claims, report the newspaper, were independently corroborated by two other former intelligence bosses.

Mphego says he was “neutralised” by the NPA and that his evidence, during Selebi’s trial, was suppressed.

This comes in the wake of Selebi’s death, which has seen a number of people come out in support of him and question the way his trial was conducted.

As reported by News24, the ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and former president Thabo Mbeki have both urged the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to find the “real truth” behind the late Selebi’s conviction for corruption in August 2010.

Duarte, who was one of thousands who attended Selebi’s funeral on Saturday said: “The notion that Jackie was corrupt cannot stand.”

In a statement read out at the funeral, former president Thabo Mbeki also called on the NPA to conduct an “honest and thorough investigation” into Selebi’s conviction.

He said that Selebi will not be remembered as the villain that he has been portrayed as.  Mbeki said the question that lingers is who was right and who was wrong? “Perhaps the NPA will help us all to answer this question,” he said.

Selebi died late last month aged 64. He had reportedly suffered from diabetes and kidney problems, reported News24.

He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on 3 August 2010, for taking bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

The former head of Interpol started serving his sentence in 2011, after being found guilty of corruption in 2010. He was released from Pretoria central prison on medical parole less than a year later.

Agliotti meanwhile was convicted of drug dealing and later turned State's evidence against some of the accused in Selebi’s corruption trial.


  • anina.naude - 2015-02-01 09:19


      Albert Myburgh Burger - 2015-02-01 09:32

      No seriously... Like when Harvey Dent "Twoface" when like all faakin crazee and like Batman said like he would take the blame, right...and,and like he is laaik a hero and such...bro. Don't you like just love fiction fantasy?

      Paul Lessing - 2015-02-01 09:36

      So your whole intelligence project was so badly run that the lure eventually became the scapegoat? I think that this is the most ridiculous thing the ANC could have ever uttered. The man was persecuted the whole time he was in and out of jail. He was publicly humiliated. By the same gang who now says he was a saint and a spy. And how well did this whole thing end off? I think you are trying to make a saint of a convicted criminal. And i cant wait to find out why.

      Andrew Terr - 2015-02-01 09:48

      Stop INSULTING our intelligence.He was a crook finish and klaar.Why did Selebi himself not come with this story.

      Tendani Siala - 2015-02-01 09:53

      This version by the former Intelligence boss sounds very plausible. After reading the entire Sunday Independent article I'm inclined to give JAckie Selebi benefit of the doubt.In hindsight I'm starting to doubt that the whole Commissioner of Police and Chief of Interpol would risk his job and reputation for a pair of shoes.

      Gary Guy - 2015-02-01 09:54

      How dumb do you think we are? You are not going to be able to change his legacy that he will be remembered for ... our highest ranking policeman who was nothing but a common crook.

      Tendani Siala - 2015-02-01 09:59

      @Paul Lessing Before you make an uninformed contribution go and read an unabbreviated article on Sunday Independent and I'm sure this will make you change your mind somewhat about JS. Until today I also believed that JS was as corrupt as we have been made to believe. The amount of bribes that were mentioned during his trial were R15000.00 and I'm sure you will agree with me that this is way too less than the going corruption rate. If anything this points to gross incompetence in the NIA.

      Scouter Four-One - 2015-02-01 10:12

      Selebi presumably immediately handed all bribe money over to the State for safe keeping?

      Andre Van Deventer - 2015-02-01 10:23

      Biggest load of nonsense. If this were true then these intelligence agents must be prosecuted for defeating the end of justice!

      Mario Kleynhans - 2015-02-01 10:23

      Next we'll hear it was Narnia & Hogwartz

      Paul Lessing - 2015-02-01 10:28

      Tendani I am very glad that the article had the ability to sway you somewhat on this matter. Go search back to the original articles on what evidence was used against him then you will see why I would like to disagree with the pair of shoes and R15 000 though. I unfortunately do not believe this. The whole "Birth" of this Sainthood bestowed on Selebi smacks a bit of opportunism. We have been spoon fed all these tales of corruption and misappropriation of funds and favors by the government and the media for 4 years. Tell me, when last before his death have you heard anything about Selebi? I can remember when he was caught driving to go buy "milk" and then the hoohaa when he was golfing. But other than that, nothing. Now he dies and all of a sudden he was a holy man? You see i think this whole thing is in preparation to something else. The ANC can now say, Selebi was not a criminal, he wasnt corrupt, because he was working on a case. By extension then they can also say that Zuma is not corrupt and he didnt do anything wrong because he was working on bettering the country (Just an example) Its worrying to see that there are people who can be swayed from what we know to be the truth, by just one well-writen yet misleading article

      Scouter Four-One - 2015-02-01 10:46

      @Oranga Tang - please stop feeding the troll. He is being ignored in case you hadn't realised.

      Phil Galpin - 2015-02-01 10:49

      Give this story the credibility it is due. If its in the 'Independent' you know it was cooked up by a bunch of journalists who do what their master tells them (or get sacked). Ergo, if its in the Independent' it has no credibility!

      Linds Ron-House - 2015-02-01 10:56

      Watch the film 204: Getting Away With Murder and you'll see what great lengths the NPA went through to secure Selebi's conviction. They let real criminals go scot-free, including those who killed Bret Kebble. You'll also see that the biggest fraud scandal in SA worth over R30 billion was not investigated and no one has ever been prosecuted for it. It involved bankers, stock traders, etc. And Selebi was prosecuted for allegedly receiving about R200k from Aglioti. There's definately a lot more than meets the eye.

      De Silusio Nada... - 2015-02-01 11:18

      KUCK Storie!!!!!!!!............

      Sharon-E - 2015-02-01 12:02

      What a load of tripe!

      Franky Mark - 2015-02-01 13:49

      The ANC still living in denial believing their are incorruptible - Zuma is a saint - change the history to suite them - all fools!

      Edward Douglas Beesley - 2015-02-01 14:45

      This is so funny! Who even makes this stuff up?!! Can you just imagine the instruction from Intelligence: "OK, Jackie, you move in and befriend Aggie, but whatever you do, just don't blow your cover ..."

      Made Inthe South - 2015-02-01 22:26

      Remember the Clowns and Poephols cartoon?This Mulangi Mphegho and Linds are 2 of the biggest peophols

      Michael Kleber - 2015-02-02 13:16

      So if this was the case how dumb is our intelligent bureau that the perpetrator walks and the investigator goes to jail ?

  • Michael Kelynack - 2015-02-01 09:21

    What a bunch of crap.

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2015-02-01 12:41

      HAHAHAHA. The anc is better than Disneyland. Is this Saint Jackal Selebi coming up? If he was indeed an intelligence (a word alien to idiotcadres) project, then why did he let it go so far as to be convicted and lose his cushy job as Police Chief? Are they trying to in fact say that Jackal was a kind of chimp-faced 007 Sipho Bond secret agent. HAHAHA I am cracking up.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-02-01 22:23

      In a recent edition of the investigating newspaper on Fridays,i read an interesting article of exactly what the spytapes were. They were the result of a full blown SAPS Crime Intelligence operation,dating back to 2003,called Operation Destroy Lucifer,targeting around 45 people in the NPA and Scorpions like Leonard McCarthy and Gerrie Nel. Another interesting fact is that a former commander of Crime Intelligence,Mulangi Mphegho,at one point in the endless prosecutoral wars stated under oath that these phone intercepts reveal that the NDPP who decided not to charge Number One,Mokotedi Mpshe, had an affair with a prosecutor in Kimberley and that he alledgedly approved fraudulent travel claims by her in order to pursue the relationship with him.Nice blackmailing material don't you think? Mpshe is still an acting judge in the Land Claims court 4 years after he left the post of NDPP and has never appeared before the Judicial Services Commission,where difficult questions can be asked. In that article it is also clearly stated that Mpegho in 2007 approved an application to conduct phone and electronic intercepts of 6 targets on the basis that they are drug suspects.One of that suspects was Leonard McCarthy. A certain Richard Mdluli also approached a certain Prince Mokotedi,head of the NPA "Integrity" Management Unit in September 2007,to ask for help in his investigation of Gerrie Nel,Mokotedi referred him to a certain Nomgcobo Jiba

      Made Inthe South - 2015-02-01 22:27

      Jiba of course had an axe to grind with Gerrie Nel,because he secured the conviction of her husband,an attorney by the name of Booker Nhantshi for theft of trust funds.She would later go to considerable lengths to procure an arrest warrant for Gerrie Nel.Jiba was also in frequent communication with a certain Lawrence Mrwebi,who provided an affidavit in support of Mdluli's investigation of Nel.Nothing came of any investigation of Nel,as we all know.Number One would later expunge the criminal record of Booker Nhantshi,and he was appointed to a government job. Jiba was internally charged for her actions,but after a labour court case,Mpshe approved an out of court settlement and she was reinstated. Off course Jiba took over as NDPP from Menzi Simelane,and Jiba and Mrwebi shielded Mdluli from prosecution even though a Hawks dossier implicated him in the theft of millions from the SAPS secret account. As should be clear by now Number One appointed Mxolisi Nxasana because he thought he could control him.That after the DA threatened with a court case if Number One did not appoint a permanent NDPP. When he turned out to be more independent and decided to charge Mdluli,his fate was sealed. One of the many questions now is,what does Mdluli know to ensure him this kind of protection?

  • Nkokhi Mluh Mlangeni - 2015-02-01 09:23

    Intelligence project gone wrong basically..........

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2015-02-01 12:44

      Like everything else touched by anc idiotcadres. Talk about the Spy who came in from the Cold. Talk about deep cover, six foot deep, hahahaha, the circus continua.

      Priester Bulls - 2015-02-01 13:32

      Yip and we grow mealies on Mars! Next we will have Selebi on every street name and citry, monuments to praise the corrupt!

      Franky Mark - 2015-02-01 13:52

      Nkoki - everything this government touches is going wrong. Please, don't be an idiot and fall for this joke - but don't feel bad if you did, 62 % of South Africans fell for their lies !

      CALAMITYSA - 2015-02-01 18:48

      Not only a project. Intelligence et al!!

  • Lew Skannen - 2015-02-01 09:24

    Besides, what I do find strange, if there was any truth to this, there would never have been any prosecutions instituted. Prosecution would have been stopped by the NPA and also the president. Why prosecute a person falsely, especially the National Commissioner and Head of Interpol? Why let him go through all this and stay quiet? You are all blatant liars and uneducated fool coming up with this excuse now!

      Nico de Jongh - 2015-02-01 10:03

      Exactly.. no end to this gatgabba mentality.

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2015-02-01 12:45

      The anc all think like tsotsis.

  • Desmond Jones - 2015-02-01 09:26

    Another bunch of lies

  • Noel Smit - 2015-02-01 09:27


  • Grenville Felton - 2015-02-01 09:28

    Unbelievable bull, cAncer accustom to lying it becomes so convincing must be in there culture

  • Philip Mare - 2015-02-01 09:29

    Intelligence?? Are you insane? Are you stupid?

  • Lara A. - 2015-02-01 09:29

    Why would he be sentenced if it was a project?!?

  • Petrus LeRoux - 2015-02-01 09:29

    Why is this only coming to light now?

  • Lew Skannen - 2015-02-01 09:32

    The anc really think that ALL South Africans have the same intelligence as the masses following them. Statements & stories like this shows how wrong they are.

  • Peter Storbeck - 2015-02-01 09:32

    Desperation on the part of the ANC trying to undo some of their corrupt reputation. If this was true why did these security services not raise this at the time? Maybe because a dead man cannot be cross examined and forced to take a lie detector test.

  • Grant Leibbrandt - 2015-02-01 09:32

    Please.dont insult everyone's intelligence

  • Wimpy Van Der Westhuizen - 2015-02-01 09:33

    convicted corrupt former police chief

  • Andrew Scholtemeyer - 2015-02-01 09:33

    It all makes sense now if the powers that be had any intelligence

  • Korrupt Anc - 2015-02-01 09:33

    intelligence and the anc/cadres, in the same sentence?

  • Shirley Solomon - 2015-02-01 09:33


  • Ernst Erich Hamann - 2015-02-01 09:34

    And so the BS is starting to flow by the truck load.....

      Graeme Parsons - 2015-02-01 09:38

      BS needs to flow so that they can pay his family ongoing.... and name a street after him!

  • George Jones - 2015-02-01 09:35

    What a load of CRAP!!!!!!

  • mmmmTim - 2015-02-01 09:35

    To claim this now is such transparent bollocks. Why would they allow a senior cANCer official go to jail for an "intelligence project", and why would he not speak out?? I guess they will be saying Schabir Shaik corrupt relationship with No. 1 was also one. And the Guptagate landing was resting the security of a (non) national Keypoint!

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2015-02-01 12:50

      HAHAHAHA. The Gupta landing was to test the new anc Stealth Bomber, "the Tsotsi".

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2015-02-01 12:51

      Shaik's intelligence project is to infiltrate the counter revolutionaries on the golf courses of natal.

  • Gawie Gorrel - 2015-02-01 09:40

    Do these clowns know how stupid they sound?

  • Jimbob - 2015-02-01 09:40

    New lows being tested daily now. No intelligence or shame in the ANC anymore.

  • Phae Rayden - 2015-02-01 09:41

    The ANC will do and say anything to save it's decaying face. One by one their liberation struggle hero's are turning out to be corrupt, dishonest and greedy humans. This has become a propaganda state, feeding lies and BS at every opportunity, paying off fall guys to cover the rot in their system and characters. Looks like were heading for total finacial, social, legal and educational collapse, this behaviour is unsustainable.

  • lloyd.venske - 2015-02-01 09:41

    Yeah right.

  • emden.vandermescht - 2015-02-01 09:52


  • lolo1 - 2015-02-01 10:03

    What utter hogwash.

  • Evert Louw - 2015-02-01 10:04

    Was the attorney general consulted before this operation commenced?

  • Indy Pather - 2015-02-01 10:08

    Lies lol Cover ups

  • Grant Price - 2015-02-01 10:08

    What a load of contrived BS

  • Pieter ZA - 2015-02-01 10:09

    LOL total BS. Trying to paint Selebi as a "spy" to catch other ceiminals. And then to only convict the "spy" after the real "crooks" turn into state witnesses??? WTF. How stupid do these people think that we are? On the other hand. If you have a ruling party with one of the lowest IQ's in the world then anything is probably possible.

  • Russell Bird - 2015-02-01 10:10

    Let your mate rot in jail......while Agliotti and the likes of Shaik and are free men...try clear Selebi's name after he stupid do these folk think the public are?

      dario.siefe - 2015-02-01 11:08

      If you mean by "public" the 62% then the correct answer would be......very stupid.

      dario.siefe - 2015-02-01 11:08

      If you mean by "public" the 62% then the correct answer would be......very stupid.

      dario.siefe - 2015-02-01 11:08

      If you mean by "public" the 62% then the correct answer would be......very stupid.

      dario.siefe - 2015-02-01 11:08

      If you mean by "public" the 62% then the correct answer would be......very stupid.

      POPEYE - 2015-02-01 11:19

      Another dude that stutters

  • Rene Ferreira - 2015-02-01 10:10

    Lmfao! Asshat crook! Hope he rots in hell!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2015-02-01 10:13

    The white washing has begun in earnest. All I want to know is has Selebi's court costs been paid or is it the taxpayers bleeding again?.

  • Anthony Mokoo - 2015-02-01 10:14

    He never was corrupt,he knew aglioti since the mid 1980's and that was used against him when it was discovered that Aglioti is a drug barron and one thing that people are not aware of is that Aglioti like the privilleged white man that he was during the late 80's and early 90's was helping selebi financially long before Selebi was even a director general of foreign affairs and later Police commisioner,what needs to be determined is when did their friendship turn to corruption because I don't believe that its been corrupt throughout when they first met,if it means receiving money or "left overs from apartheid enriched privilleged whites then it means domestic servants are corrupt and so is every under privilleged person such as car guards and the like.

      Gawie Gorrel - 2015-02-01 11:25

      @ Anthony How is it important when he became corrupt?

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2015-02-01 12:52

      Ant, my little buddy, do you also believe the Easter Bunny runs America??

      Michael Kleber - 2015-02-02 13:20

      Anthony paying someone a salary is not a bribe , paying someone ie. the police commisioner to keep you out of jail , is what ? a bribe maybe ?

  • Peter Webb - 2015-02-01 10:17

    Utter crap.

  • Whyte Mann - 2015-02-01 10:19

    What absolute rubbish! Woukd the state have allowed the spending of R17m in legal fees if they knew beforehand that he was innocent? And why did selebi not present that evidence before the court, or at least turn to his brothers who ostensibly knew about it to stop the prosecution? Another whitewash in the offing!

  • John McIntyre - 2015-02-01 10:24

    So if he was working for intelligence then the R1.2 Million in bribes he received from Agliotti was handed over to the Intelligence guys as evidence and properly logged as such? I don't think so! Currupt, finished and klaar!

  • Goran Solo - 2015-02-01 10:29

    It was Apartheid's fault.

      POPEYE - 2015-02-01 11:21

      Goran means it.

  • Rudolf Jahn - 2015-02-01 10:29


  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2015-02-01 10:39

    More hot air, why did he not come forward before? The fact remains Selebi benefitted from his association with Agloitti, he took the money. Enough of the Bs

  • George Gibbs - 2015-02-01 10:45

    Ag please - talk about a conspiracy theory. They most probably will get it right to vindicate this man. All this are possible with this government. Why not focus of the electricity crisis and the looming water crisis! U now gona waste more tax payers money instead of using the money for the correct things.

  • Bloody Agent - 2015-02-01 10:48

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha Oh my God, do these idiots think that everybody in this country are total fools?????

  • Citizane Concern - 2015-02-01 11:02

    @Tendani Siala Is this the same Sunday Independent Owned by Sekunjalo Iqbal Surve??? Lol Not so independent any more....

  • Daleen Maré - 2015-02-01 11:09

    So Selebi was innocent and undercover to convict Agliotti, but then Agliottis turns state witness to help convict Selebi???!!! Jeez, it that the best plot they can come up with? Duh

  • Bob Parnell - 2015-02-01 11:16

    Whaaaaaahahahahahahahah here we go

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2015-02-01 11:18

    This really shows u hw double faced r all the pple now coming out of the closet meanwhile they all failed to rescue Selebi wen he needed them,i guess the must jst shut up n carry on with their lives now that Selebi is gone

  • John Bass - 2015-02-01 11:20

    And Zuma is not a crook, Yengeni wasn't drunk, SABC oke really has a degree etc etc. Get the spin going Mac.

      Leijn Tissink - 2015-02-01 15:41

      Iqballs 'Independents Newspapers has taken over the gutterment spinning from Zuptas New Age

  • Tina-Marie Trevenen - 2015-02-01 11:23

    I could never understand why the NPA were prepared to let two murderers get off scot free (Brett Kebbles self confessed murderers) in order to obtain a guilty verdict against Selebi. I am inclined to believe that there was a conspiracy of some sort! I also cannot believe that a man in Selbi's position would put it all on the line for the minor "gifts" that he received from Agliotti... Surely if he was crooked he would have gone for the big bucks as did the Shaiks / Zuma's et al?

  • criticallyhonest - 2015-02-01 11:24

    All members of the Zuma/Mbeki cabals could rightfully be considered, on balance of experience today, to be corrupt. Even if only for passively permitting crime in South Africa to have reached the extremes we experience today. As the leading elements in government they have not done enough to control/suppress/punish crime, especially when violence is included. It is wrong to single out any one of them for special relief, they should all be answerable!

  • Neil Henry Wood - 2015-02-01 11:24

    Next we will hear the anc helped clive derby lewis with the murder of chris hani