Selebi hasn't reported for treatment - report

2012-07-30 07:42
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Johannesburg - Paroled former police chief Jackie Selebi has not reported for dialysis treatment at Steve Biko Academic Hospital for a week, according to a report on Monday.

The New Age quoted unnamed sources as saying Selebi, whose kidney condition requires that he undergoes dialysis every two days, last had treatment at the hospital last Monday.

The newspaper phoned Selebi's house and an unnamed woman said Selebi was recovering at home, but could not say whether he had found another medical facility for his treatment.

Selebi was granted medical parole two weeks ago and was now under house arrest. He was convicted of corruption in 2010 and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Last week, there was speculation that Selebi could have "jumped" the dialysis waiting list of about 80 patients.

Gauteng health spokesperson Simon Zwane said Selebi had not jumped the queue and had not received preferential treatment.

"The decision to provide treatment was not taken on political grounds but by his doctor on medical grounds after they assessed his medical condition."

Democratic Alliance spokesperson James Selfe said it was unlikely Selebi could afford to keep a dialysis machine in his home for the treatment, in view of the fact that he owes the state R17m in legal fees.

"I don't think it will be possible for him to get the treatment at home, since the dialysis machines they use are expensive."

According to the report, it was possible that Selebi was using his police medical aid to have dialysis at another health facility.
- SAPA
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