We’ll remember Jackie’s good deeds – Selebis

2015-01-23 15:23

Disgraced former police chief Jackie Selebi died in hospital after a long illness.

Selebi, who would have turned 65 on March 7, died at the Jacaranda Hospital in Pretoria, said family spokesperson Nthato Selebi today.

“As the family we are devastated by his passing on and will remember him by his good deeds, characterised by love, compassion and humility.

“We would like to thank everyone who has sent and expressed messages of condolence to the family.”

Selebi said funeral arrangements would be communicated in due course.

Minister of Justice and Correctional Service Michael Masutha sent condolences to the family.

“The importance of human life can never be overemphasised and we hope his family will gain strength to stand this test of time,” he said.

Selebi was released on medical parole on July 20 2012, after being sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

“The department of correctional services was satisfied with his compliance with his medical parole conditions, and [he] has been frequently hospitalised,” said Masutha.

Selebi reportedly suffered from diabetes and had kidney problems.

The former head of Interpol started serving his sentence in 2011, after being found guilty of corruption in 2010. He was released from Pretoria Central Prison on medical parole less than a year later.

Born in Johannesburg in 1950, Selebi was married to Anne and they had two children.

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