Things ‘not going very well’ with jailed Selebi

2011-12-21 00:00

THINGS are “not going very well” with former police chief Jackie Selebi.

Selebi was admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital again on Monday, mere days after being discharged from the public hospital.

National Correctional Services commissioner Tom Moyane said Selebi’s blood sugar levels were very high and that he might possibly require dialysis. Selebi is diabetic.

“It is difficult to say how long he will stay in hospital this time. It will depend on his condition,” Moyane said yesterday.

Reacting to reports that Selebi was walking around the ward where he was admitted, Moyane said: “Yes, he can stand and move.

“But in accordance with standard procedures for any prisoner, he is under the guard of Correctional Services officials.”

Moyane visited the hospital yesterday morning to see how Selebi was faring, but he was seeing a doctor at the time.

“I can say that it is not going very well with Selebi,” he said.

The 61-year-old former police commissioner collapsed in his Waterkloof Ridge home on December 2 after hearing that his appeal against a 15-year jail term had failed.

At the time it was speculated that it was due to diabetic shock on hearing the news.

He spent the weekend at the Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria, before beginning his sentence in Pretoria Central prison hospital that Monday. Staff had to rush him to hospital.

Our sister newspaper, Beeld, understands that Selebi also suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

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