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Jackie Selebi still critical - dept

2012-01-10 14:21

Johannesburg - Convicted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi is still sick, but in a stable condition at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, the correctional services department said on Tuesday.

Department spokesperson Zacharia Modise said Selebi remained in a critical condition.

Two weeks ago a group calling itself "Friends of Jackie Selebi" lodged an application with the office of the minister of correctional services and the national commissioner of correctional services for his release on medical parole.

Modise said the department would respond to the application within the next seven days.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption in July 2010 for accepting cash from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and for giving him benefits that included showing him a British drug investigation report.

At the time, he was president of Interpol.

He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. His appeal against the corruption conviction was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal on December 2.

Selebi watched the judgment on television at home and collapsed on hearing the outcome.

Comments
  • Silver - 2012-01-10 14:25

    I thought by now he would be dead or playing golf. Pppfff! Was he dying or playing golf before his appeal was rejected? Can he be "stable" in jail?

      frangelico - 2012-01-10 15:02

      @piet the quickest way to heal this very ill man(CROOK)release him,then see how quickly he recovers,it may take awhile so as not to raise suspicion but bet you 10 bucks by this time next year he will be well enough to run the "comresh" marathon.

      frangelico - 2012-01-10 15:51

      PIET JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURE ON NEWS 24 OF SELEBI,SEEMS TO BE SAYING IM'M WATCHING YOU, LOOK HOW SICK I LOOK CRIKEY WHAT A CARTOON STRIP

      Gollum - 2012-01-10 21:04

      Two weeks ago a group calling itself "Friends of Jackie Selebi" lodged an application for his release on medical parole. The department would respond to the application within the next seven days. Wow that is quick...amazing how quickly wheels turn when you're politically connected (even when it comes to responding to some fly-by-night group dedicated to making sure justice isn't served).

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-10 14:26

    He is sick now but will miraculously recover the moment he gets released. Gives me the shaiks when I think about it!!

      Mike - 2012-01-10 16:16

      He'll only be sick for another 14 years and 11 months! Then he will be miraculously cured!

  • Blade - 2012-01-10 14:32

    Corruption is a disease thats difficult to shaik...

      Silver - 2012-01-10 14:34

      Black ball in the corner pocket.....

  • Cina - 2012-01-10 14:41

    If he is still critical since the beginning of December, well I don't know then, then those doctors are quite stupid if they couldn't have found something to help him recover by now. Wonder why.

      Silver - 2012-01-10 14:44

      You know what is really sad, resources are being utilized to “by time” for this scumbag while those same resources could have been used to save a child or some other worthwhile cause. It sickens me.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-10 15:09

      Piet, are you saying that there are children who are dying because there are no facilities to keep them alive while the health department rather spends money on keeping prisoners alive? When I visit state hospitals I see children, old people, ordinary people and prisoners all getting the SAME treatment. There is no preference system. Our health department is there to help ALL South Africans.

      Deon - 2012-01-10 15:21

      Previously it was reported that he would not get this treatment due to his age, but he seems to be still part of the elite. Treat him as any other prisoner.

      Silver - 2012-01-10 15:33

      nspaynter: Yes, that is what I'm saying. State hospital = Private hospital? I'd love to show you a few articles with graphic pictures about two state hospitals in out area but one in particular. I've been there and horror does not describe the images and smells. I'm convinced that I will change you mind about your statement. Some ARE more equal then others and apparently more costly as well.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-10 15:43

      Piet, my experience is with the Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town and the hospital in Paarl and both of these as a patient.

      Silver - 2012-01-10 16:00

      Book yourself in here in Mpumalanga or him for that matter then we can talk.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-10 18:06

      Piet, one of the reasons why I live in the Western Cape. Service delivery is much better

  • Kobus - 2012-01-10 14:43

    Take 3 golf balls, one glass of water and shaik well. And old and tried cure :) c

  • Larry - 2012-01-10 14:45

    What a crock. He is probably reserving his hit off time already. Crooked Bas***d.

  • thapelo.mafu - 2012-01-10 14:52

    I hope he gets released soon

      Silver - 2012-01-10 14:59

      .. and as he walks out I hope he walks into a blue light brigade....

      nspaynter - 2012-01-10 15:18

      Thapelo, Selebi has committed a crime and needs to be punished for that, along with other criminals. That fact that he held a position of trust, even internationally, makes the crime even worse. However, if he is genuinely ill, and so far I believe he is, he needs to be treated like any other prisoner in getting necessary medical treatment, either within the prison system, or where facilities are not available, in a state hospital under guard. Equipment is now been installed within the prison hospital which will allow him, and other prisoners like him, to continue treatment in prison. If he is going to die, he can apply for a medical parole to allow him to die at home. NOT to play golf! Unfortunately if a patient recovers there is no law to have his parole revoked. That needs to be enacted by parliament as soon as possible and then Shaik can be returned to prison.

      Silver - 2012-01-10 16:02

      LOL Janine.. coffin being hit by a blue light brigade.. now wouldn't that be ironic.

  • Deon - 2012-01-10 14:54

    I guess he won't ever pay back the millions owed for his defence since he is critcal sick for close to 6 weeks.

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-10 14:55

    I will never understand why our justice system will sentence and send a first time offender and an old man who is clearly gravely ill to life or fifteen years in jai. Further more his crime was to accept a gift from his freind turned criminal that he never denies! Besides Jackie Selebi did his time in jail for doing nothing in Robbin Island does that not count for something? I will forever call for the total overhaul of our justice system because as we see its only meant to serve an narrow (and more paler) members of our society as evidently seen in the Waterkloof four and Bees Roux case!

      Henry - 2012-01-10 15:03

      What a daft comment...while I agree the Bees Roux saga was rather unfortunate and he should've been jailed, that doesn't give Selebi a pass. Two wrongs don't make a right. All criminals should be punished accordingly...old or not.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-10 15:04

      Like you said Phumezo, you will never understand.

      Deon - 2012-01-10 15:23

      He should have known better as Chief of Police.

      MastersVoice - 2012-01-10 15:33

      Bees Roux killed a rotten cop that was trying to bribe him. Perhaps this cop would have been alive today if it wasn't for the examples set by his own erstwhile corrupt boss, i.e. Selebi. If this is true, then the cop's blood is on Selebi's hands too. All the more reason for him to be treated no better than a common criminal.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-10 19:45

      Are you insane?

      Xenswim1 - 2012-01-11 10:33

      @Phumezo I can see that you support Criminality. Consider that those that were in prison for crimes under the old government did so voluntarily. They supposedly did so as a gift to their people, to gain their so called freedom. Morality tells us that when you do something using free will for the benefit of others you should not ask for praise nor recompence.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-10 14:55

    This is not news! Stop giving this @aa free publicity to tell the world how"sick" he is. Names and addresses of these so called "friends of Selebi" should be gathered and they will find a whole lot of the biggest underworld thugs-so kill 2 birds with 1 stone!

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-10 14:59

    Has the bed already had "shaik deathbed wheels" suitable for navigating golf courses exchanged for the ordinary castor wheels?

  • David - 2012-01-10 15:05

    So how does this work? The man is convicted and is now all of a sudden sick and his 'mates' have petitioned Correctional Services for his medical parole and they will answer this application in 7 days? This proves how corrupt the system run by the ANC is. They can hardly read an e mail in 6 months if sent by you Joe Soap but now all of a sudden they can doo it in 7 days!! Whilst on the subject of medical paroles why is Mr Shaik still out there if clearly from what we can see he is not in fact terminally ill. If not then he must go back to jail to finish his sentence surely? Oops sorry he is an ANC ally the rules are different....CORRUPT CORRUPT CORRUPT. the old anc stalwarts would turn in their graves i think.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-10 15:27

      David, at present if a prisoner is released on medical parole and he recovers there is no law to return him to prison. Parliament needs to enact such a law so that he can be returned to prison to complete his sentence. It is obvious that if he is out playing golf he has recovered. I do believe that Selebi is a different case and that he is genuinely ill. The DCS are having dialysis equipment installed in the prison hospital and there's no reason why he cannot continue his treatment in prison and still lead a reasonably healthy life.

      Blade - 2012-01-10 15:45

      I think the only reason that the old stalwarts may be turning in their graves is that they missed the opportunity to cash in on the action.

      George - 2012-01-10 16:08

      Even worse, the druglord who corrupted him is carrying on paddling drugs without fear. He was given amnesty so he can carry on with his evil act after turning state witness. Why is Agliotti still a free men after being convicted of drug trafficking? He is more dangerous than a person who leave on gifts.

  • Daft - 2012-01-10 15:07

    First he was in the "Drug Dept" now he is in the "Critical Dept"...Hey chief make ur mind where u wanna be !!!

      George - 2012-01-10 16:09

      I think home will be his last stop.

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-10 15:26

    Jackie Selebi has never been a career police officer and was just a mere politician all his life. We cannot and I mean we including the law to expect him to behave like one! He was deployed in that position and as any human being out there he was not imune to sins of incumbancy! Why treat him like a serial offender or a murderer? We are not encouraging what we did but we are saying that the punishment does not fit the crime committed!

      MastersVoice - 2012-01-10 15:41

      I disagree Phumezo. He accepted the responsibility as head of police, and was appointed as the head of police. We should DEMAND that all police behave like police and not like criminals. The higher the position in the police, the heavier the sentence in my opinion.

      George - 2012-01-10 16:11

      See, and we let Agliotti free. extremely dangerous man who was also involved in the murder of Kebble, also convicted of drug trafficing. am I missing something here?

      Helmut - 2012-01-10 16:12

      O yes Phumezo let him go freeeeee und give him his job back so he can doit again

      Gerhard - 2012-01-10 19:49

      You exactly epitomise what is wrong with this country.

      Yar - 2012-01-10 20:47

      @Phumezo Selebi's inability to function like a career policeman is not an excuse. He wanted the job. He wore the uniform. He took the bribes. He gave help and information to the worst kind of criminals. He must do the time. His crimes are extremely serious and the prescribed penalty is 15 years minimum for a first offence. Deployment does not work. He knew that what he did was a crime. Crimes cannot go unpunished. The punishment does fit the crime. Or, do you believe that crime is a good thing???

      Gary - 2012-01-10 22:57

      Unfortunately sometimes we have to bring race into things where it is relevant and inescapable. You see Phumezo, you have nicely illustrated why this country will never be successful and will go down the tubes... because black people actually don't see that senior public servant involved in fraud corruption as a serious offence. The "well he only stole money from the state, it is not like he killed anyone" illustrates the reason why democracy has not and will not work in Africa.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-10 15:27

    Get the money he owes us taxpayers cause death is knocking at his door !!!

  • Johan - 2012-01-10 15:28

    Don't want to be nasty now, but MOER. Either die or go back to jail. This avoid jail act is getting old now. No-one is buying it except ANC Sheeple.

  • Rick - 2012-01-10 15:34

    Let him go,what's the point he cannoy have any influence anymore on politics,SAPS.Focus on the current corrupt RSAlumminati.

  • eddie.enock - 2012-01-10 15:45

    Strange how the dept of correctional services want to address the concerns of "friends of JS" when the man who killed Hani is really sick and is about to die cant get parole to die at home. I think he served his time.

      Shirley - 2012-01-10 16:09

      Eddie youre a brave man-you are going to get more thubs down than anc votes! But I agree there has to be equality to these "paroles" and not grant them according to colour and who their friends are!

  • Neil - 2012-01-10 16:59

    Can anyone tell me what it is exactly that he is ill with ? Corrupt pig should be thrown in jail for what he did !

      nspaynter - 2012-01-10 17:10

      Diabetes and in particular, kidney failure. That is why he is on a dialysis machine in a state hospital. A machine is being installed in the prison hospital so he can return to prison for continued treatment, and the treatment will be available for other prisoners with the same problem.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-10 17:29

      Too much onions and beetroot!

      nspaynter - 2012-01-10 17:47

      Interestingly beetroot is very much part of the diet down here in the Western Cape Prisons.

  • Patricia - 2012-01-10 18:38

    I thought he would be dead by now, this is all an ACT, and he acts very well!!!

  • Frik - 2012-01-10 19:49

    He should have been dead by now if I believe your story may it happen soon saves the taxpayer a lot of money feeding the dog.....

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-10 22:06

    this is becoming a crime against the south african people

  • moby.quest - 2012-01-10 22:19

    All charges against Selebi should just be dropped and his prison sentence should be dropped as well. Then we'll see how quickly he recovers! He'll be on the golf course the very next day!

  • Barry - 2012-01-11 08:22

    This bloke was also Head of Interpol - how embaressing - my daughter is out from the UK even there they are laughing at us in SA about this Celebe fiasco

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-01-11 10:05

    The "friends" can each come and do a year of the sentence!

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-11 10:09

    Help him pls.Give him his last injection and a spade in the hand and let go of him.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-01-11 10:21

    So why doesn't he just die.... then he'll be off the critical list! Makes sense to me.

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