Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
CONVICTED drug lord Glen Agliotti yesterday conceded that former top policeman Jackie Selebi did not know he was a criminal at the time they struck up their friendship.
"Yes, he did not know," Agliotti said as he came under a flurry of questions from Selebi's defence counsel.
He conceded that Selebi only knew him as an international businessman involved in welfare and charity work.
Earlier, Agliotti broke down in the witness box and wept.
"My Lord, it's not easy being here ... I didn't want to be here to testify against my then friend and the accused," said Agliotti of his testimony in the former police chief's corruption trial.
Judge Meyer Joffe granted a short adjournment.
Selebi is standing trial for corruption and defeating the ends of justice. He is said to have committed the offences between 2000 and 2006. Agliotti, the state's key witness, has been in the witness box since Monday.
Yesterday, Selebi's senior defence counsel Jaap Cilliers quizzed Agliotti on the murder of Brett Kebble, the mining magnate gunned down in 2005. "You were not involved in any way in Brett's murder?" asked Cilliers.
Agliotti replied: "Not at all."
Cilliers retorted: "Yet, you are the only person who was arrested and will be prosecuted for the murder ..."
Cilliers and Agliotti both agreed that the Scorpions had acted in an absurd manner while handling the Kebble case. Cilliers went on to suggest that Agliotti had been forced to testify against Selebi.
Agliotti also echoed Selebi's claims in his plea explanation that former national prosecuting authority head Bulelani Ngcuka was involved in corrupt deals and bribery. He agreed he gave Selebi a letter that alleged that Ngcuka was being controlled by foreign intelligence agencies and that they were blackmailing him.
The letter was from Billy Rautenbach, one of the top businessmen Agliotti solicited money from with the promise that his good friend Selebi could help them avoid prosecution for their criminal activities.
The letter also stated that Ngcuka had tried to extort a bribe from Rautenbach, who he was investigating for tax evasion and money laundering. He allegedly wanted Rautenbach to assist him with securing rights for mining deals in Zimbabwe and the DRC in exchange for an investigation against him being abandoned.
The defence is now trying to prove that Selebi had no intention of helping Rautenbach but was rather interested in the information he gave him concerning Ngcuka. The trial continues.