Selebi monitored for high blood sugar

2011-12-12 15:30

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi will spend the night being monitored for high blood sugar at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

The former top cop was today moved from the Pretoria Local Prison to Steve Biko Hospital after serving about a week of his fifteen-year prison sentence for corruption.

Zacharia Modise, Chief Deputy Commissioner for Corrections, said that Selebi was admitted for testing to “establish whether his condition is improving”.

“They realised that his blood sugar level was a bit high and decided to keep him there and monitor it,” said Modise.

He said that an inmate is generally moved from a prison hospital when “the resident [prison] doctor realises that the prisoner needs intensive care” which the prison cannot provide.

Just over a week ago, Selebi reportedly collapsed at his Waterkloof Ridge home in Pretoria after receiving the news that his Supreme Court of Appeal bid to have his conviction on charges of corruption overturned had failed.

In a dramatic turn of events, he was rushed to the nearby Jakaranda Hospital by ambulance just two hours later. He has been in the prison hospital since Monday.

Modise said that Selebi would return to the Pretoria Local Prison once his doctors could give the department an update on his condition, expected within the next two days.

Modise said that Selebi had not yet made an application to Correctional Services to be transferred to a private hospital.

He said the department had deployed guards to watch over Selebi while he was being monitored at the public hospital.

Although Selebi’s family and lawyers have refused to comment on what is afflicting the former cop, it is understood that he was receiving dialysis treatment for his kidneys at the Jakaranda Hospital in the period before his incarceration.

Media reports have also said that Selebi may suffer from diabetes.

Selebi was last year found guilty of accepting bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

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