Another Selebi parole bid in pipeline

2012-02-23 21:30

Johannesburg - A group calling itself the "Friends of Jackie Selebi" is to make another application for the former police chief to be released on medical parole.

"We had actually written an application ahead of time and were waiting for the [amended Correctional Services Act, 1998] to be passed so we can submit it," group spokesperson Isaack Lesole said on Thursday.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said President Jacob Zuma would promulgate all the provisions in the proposed amendment act on March 1.

Lesole said when Mapisa-Nqakula dismissed their first application in January, the group immediately looked into another application for when the new system got underway.

"He's an old man who is sick and not a danger to society... nobody is questioning the outcome of his sentence... we just feel he meets the requirements for medical parole," Lesole said.

The group was formed when the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected Selebi's bid to have his corruption conviction set aside on December 2 2011.

This meant he had to begin a 15-year jail sentence.

The group lodged a formal request with the office of the minister of correctional services and the national commissioner of correctional services. The minister later said the request was "non-existent".

Selebi was reportedly moved from the nephrology unit at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital to a cell at Pretoria Central Prison last Sunday.

On Thursday, Mapisa-Nqakula told reporters that Selebi had not applied for medical parole.

  • Chris - 2012-02-23 21:41

    Clive-Derby Lewis is no danger to society either, and he is still in jail, how is all crap relevant? And no, I don't think that Lewis should be released, all I am saying is that Selebi should rot and die in jail right next to him. We won't miss either in this country.

  • Kim - 2012-02-23 21:45

    Bet he has signed up and paid his golf fees. (with taxpayers money at that)

      Francois - 2012-02-23 22:10

      I thought Selebi was tough - what is this with parole and golf, he should rofstoei in prison.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-23 21:46

    someone should tell these idiots, they wont get any tenders!!!

  • John - 2012-02-23 21:51

    Sure... If Juju can walk unpunished and cause instability in the country, why not reinstate Jackie Selebi back as National Commissioner of Police? Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, You dismissed their first application but you know how the things are working in this country.

  • Sapepa - 2012-02-23 22:05

    This guy wants to get out of prison every time he sneezes. Don't drop the soap!!

  • Steve - 2012-02-23 22:06

    Using their logic, if I'm diagnosed with terminal cancer does that give me licence to run riot? Is it a free ticket to crime without consequence because I'm ill? We're all dying from the day we are born, just at different speeds. It's what we do in the bit in-between that defines us. This man has been found to have the morals of a septic wart on a skunk's arse. The position he held (for which he was paid with public money) at the time he committed his crimes makes his exploit's even more odious. By aiding and abetting him to defeat the ends of justice (because that IS what you are attempting to do !) you align yourself with his type. You, Mr Lesole, are a burden on a just society.

  • Ken - 2012-02-23 22:10

    Selebi should be allowed to serve his time and be given the opportunity to reflect and be rehabilitated Come on guys, give this disgrace some time alone, he deserves it.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-02-23 22:15

    What happens to the millions of Rand he's suppose to pay back.. and if he is terminaly ill, does it matter where he dies..I think not.

  • Anton Mönnig - 2012-02-23 22:40

    Bet zuma is behind this group too...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-24 06:24

    Selebi must die in prison.... he is a criminal!!! who cares ???? no one should but his family....

  • Kevin - 2012-02-24 07:04

    For goodness sake. This thug was chief of police. If you cannot trust the police or the president then things are really sad. Shaik using questionable medical reports got away with his terrible crime. The medical board has never investigated these medical reports and thus allows doctors to commit medical crime without investigation. If Shaik is dying ,imagine how many other healthy people have been told they are going to die by these doctors .Selebi must do his time and Zuma needs to find out why his thug ministers all get so sick when caught.

  • Hugh - 2012-02-24 07:57

    The fact that he is frail and may not harm anyone is not the point. How many people have been harmed directly or indirectly through his actions till now? You don't just get clean a slate because you have a cold. If you can't do the time don't do the crime. What kind of precedent would it set if he was granted a medical parole.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-24 08:01

    Baas Jack het baie pelle...

  • paul.darne - 2012-02-24 08:37

    So does this mean that if anyone of older age, and not feeling 100% on top of their game can commit a crime, and get sentenced to freedom???

  • Dianne - 2012-03-06 16:05

    Do the crime - do the time, simple as that. You are a thief Selebi and prison is where you belong for a very long time.

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