Selebi should have been paroled sooner - lawyer

2012-07-20 15:36
Jackie Selebi (File, Sapa)

Jackie Selebi (File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Corruption-convicted top cop Jackie Selebi is "very ill" and should have been granted medical parole much sooner, his lawyer said on Friday.

"We are all very grateful and happy [about his parole]," his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee said.

"He should have been allowed to go home a while ago already. His situation is very serious and he is very ill," she said.

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele announced in Pretoria on Friday that Selebi had been granted medical parole.

An 11-member medical parole advisory board met on 20 June and recommended the release of six offenders, including Selebi who needed dialysis for kidney failure.

Selebi's wife a nurse

Selebi's wife is a qualified nurse, but it was not clear if she would look after him, or if the family would hire professional help.

"There are a lot of financial implications and considerations to take [into account] before they can decide," said Coetzee.

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time of the investigation into claims that he received money from convicted drug trafficker and police informer Glenn Agliotti.

He was convicted of corruption on 2 July 2010 and handed a 15-year jail sentence.

Selebi appealed in the Supreme Court of Appeal against the corruption conviction. In December 2011 he collapsed at home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, while watching the appeal judgment on television. His appeal was denied.

Diabetes and kidney disease

This meant he had to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption. It was decided he would stay in Pretoria Central Prison's medical wing indefinitely.

At the time, he had not instructed his medical team to apply for medical parole. Selebi had also been trained to administer his own treatment.

He suffers from diabetes and kidney disease.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it could not comment on Selebi's release.

"Prosecutors can't comment on [the] release of prisoners on parole; our job is to prosecute them and [we] are [finished] with the matter as soon as they start serving their sentences," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Schabir Shaik 'fiasco'

The Democratic Alliance said given the public’s cynicism around medical parole due to the Schabir Shaik "fiasco", Ndebele had to give assurances that the correct procedure had been followed.

In 2005, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sentenced Shaik to 15 years' imprisonment for fraud and corruption. His sentence effectively ends in 2021.

But in March 2009, Shaik was released on parole, apparently with a terminal illness, which sparked controversy and accusations of special treatment because of his political connections. He then applied for a presidential pardon.

According to section 79 of the Correctional Services Act provision is made for an offender's possible placement on medical parole. A medical practitioner had to identify prisoners who might qualify. A family member or the offender could also apply for medical parole, but this must be recommended by the medical practitioner.

In March this year, medical parole was expanded to include cases where an offender was suffering from a terminal disease or condition, or if the person was rendered physically incapacitated as a result of injury, disease, or illness, limiting their daily activity or self-care.

Double standards

When medical parole had been approved the person would be monitored by the department and subject to a specific set of conditions.

Medical parole could be revoked if the person did not comply with the placement conditions. Improved medical health would not be grounds to cancel medical parole.

The correctional services department had been accused of having double standards when granting parole.

Clive Derby-Lewis, who was convicted of the 1993 murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani, is suffering from prostate cancer and has twice been denied ordinary parole.

Last year, his lawyer Marius Coertze said he had been trying to get Derby-Lewis freed on parole for over three years.

Derby-Lewis, 75, had served 18 years  of his 25 year-sentence.

Former correctional services minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula cited Derby-Lewis' lack of full disclosure and a lack of remorse for the crime as among the reasons he was being refused parole.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had been asked to look into the matter.
- SAPA
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
64 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Restaurant Manager

Western Cape
SET Recruitment Consultants
R20 000 - R30 000 Per Month

Area Manager - Retail

Western Cape
Evolve Personnel
R20 000 - R25 000 Per Month

upply Chain Manager

Western Cape
ZIMCO Group (PTY) Ltd
R30 000 - R40 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.