D-Day for 'critically' ill Selebi

2011-12-04 23:35
Cape Town - Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi's legal team will on Monday hold urgent talks with the registrar of the South Gauteng High Court.

Selebi had on Friday been given 48 hours to report to the Johannesburg Correctional Services Centre to start serving his sentence of 15 years after his appeal against his conviction of corruption was turned down by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Selebi, who had been following proceedings on TV from his home in Pretoria, collapsed and was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

His lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, would not comment on reports that he'd had a stroke or suffered from Parkinson's disease, but that he was "very, very critical".

She said this was at the request of the family.

Coetzee said she had visited Selebi in hospital, but that his condition was such that he couldn't give her instructions on how to proceed.

She said she had informed the correctional services department.

A decision would have to be taken during talks with the registrar on whether he can stay in the Jacaranda Hospital in Pretoria or would have to be transferred to a prison hospital.

Clarity will also be sought on extending his appeal bail with a view of the case going to the Constitutional Court.

Asked whether Selebi's case is going to be a second "Schabir Shaik case", she said "definitely not".

"If the order is for him to go to jail, it will happen," she said."

"Mr Selebi has been ill for a long time and his condition has deteriorated progressively," Coetzee said.

She said that he has been receiving intensive treatment for some time.
- News24
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