Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
THE National Prosecuting Authority filed papers yesterday to oppose the State Security Ministry's application for leave to appeal a judgment that would allow former national intelligence coordinator Barry Gilder to testify in the former national police commissioner trial.
NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the papers were filed at the Johannesburg high court but he refused to discuss the contents of the papers.
"We will not share with the media the contents of our papers since all issues in the dispute will be ventilated through the proper forum, which is the court."
The SSM lodged a petition at the Supreme Court of Appeal early in January to overturn a decision from Judge Meyer Joffe to compel Gilder to testify in Jackie Selebi's corruption trial.
Selebi is facing a count of corruption and another of defeating the ends of justice in connection with at least R1,2million he allegedly received from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and ex-Hyundai boss Billy Rautenbach in return for favours.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Gilder is expected to testify about a 2005 draft intelligence report that contained a single paragraph about allegedly untoward payments Selebi was receiving from Kebble.
In their petition the ministry had argued his testimony could compromise national security.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had insisted the testimony the state wanted from Gilder was already in the public domain.
Mhaga earlier said the petition was not filed on an urgent basis. The SCA's roll was apparently full for the next few months.
He added that the NPA's response to the Ministry's application for leave to appeal was due today.
Mhaga said the ministry now had a chance to respond to the NPA's papers, before it would be heard in the SCA.
No dates had been set yet.
Selebi's corruption case resumes in the Johannesburg high court on February 1, but it was likely that it would be postponed for the appeal to be finalised. - Sapa