Kebble murder trial to get under way

The murder trial of mining magnate Brett Kebble was scheduled to start in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday, almost five years after he was killed.

The accused is convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, who was the State’s main witness against ex-top cop Jackie Selebi, who has been convicted of corruption.

The Kebble murder trial was only starting now because the State first wanted to wrap up the Selebi trial, in which Agliotti played a key role.

But Monday’s trial was set to kick off with a new State prosecutor, advocate Daniel Dakana, after the previous prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, was taken off the case.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga could not immediately confirm reports on Monday morning that more charges had been added to the indictment sheet.

Talk Radio 702 reported that Agliotti would also face charges of conspiracy to murder some of Kebble’s business rivals and another charge of attempted murder related to the shooting of Allan Gray executive Stephen Mildenhall.

Kebble was shot dead in his car in Melrose, Johannesburg, on the night of September 27, 2005.

Agliotti stated after his arrest for Kebble’s murder that it was an assisted suicide.—Sapa

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