The rules on where awaiting-trial prisoners are detained were slightly bent yesterday when alleged mafia boss, Glenn Agliotti, was remanded in custody at the Sandton police station until his next appearance in court on December 8.
Agliotti appeared briefly in the Johannesburg magistrates' court yesterday, charged with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.
Normally prisoners awaiting trial in Johannesburg courts are remanded in custody at Johannesburg Prison, commonly known as Sun City.
Agliotti was arrested in a morning raid yesterday by the Scorpions.
The accused was calm as he went into the dock dressed in a blue-striped pink shirt.
Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff requested that he be excused from presiding over the case because he had presided over a previous case in which Agliotti was involved.
Agliotti, who responded politely to the magistrate's request, is a close friend of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.
The prosecution and the defence had agreed that Agliotti would be kept at the Sandton police station.
After bowing briefly to the magistrate, Agliotti was led away to the holding cells.
National police spokesman Director Sally de Beer, who had been defending Selebi's association with Agliotti as harmless, told journalists gathered outside the court: "We are glad there has been a breakthrough and an arrest."
Scorpions spokesman Makhosini Nkosi said: "More people will be arrested in connection with the murder of Kebble."
He said they would be working with two members of the SAPS "because of the wealth of information they have," he said.