A lonely figure in the dock

WHILE Glenn Agliotti may have given him the affectionate nicknames "Jackie", "Jax" and "Chief", Jackie Selebi cut a lonely figure in the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

WHILE Glenn Agliotti may have given him the affectionate nicknames "Jackie", "Jax" and "Chief", Jackie Selebi cut a lonely figure in the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

Selebi sat just metres from the man he had once called his "friend, finish and klaar" and who now testified against him in hiscorruption case.

Agliotti detailed their nearly decade-long friendship.

He described the matching clothes, shoes and handbags he had bought for Selebi, as well as his family members. "For the accused's wife's birthday, I wanted to buy her a Louis Vuitton handbag from Sandton ... a red patent one, (a) particular one cost R10000. (The) accused's wife came with me," said Agliotti.

Selebi's secretary received a Gucci bag as a gift, and Selebi was given Louis Vuitton shoes from Hong Kong, he said.

He also spoke of their coffee dates, dinners in Melrose with theKebbles and the money that characterised interactions he described at various points as "good and cordial" and "close".

During his testimony, Agliotti painted himself as a general agony aunt to his friends and associates.

He said that at the time he met the Kebbles, it was to help them, via his relationship with Selebi, to solve "a whole host of problems". - Sapa

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