'Critically ill' Selebi to stay in medical wing

2011-12-28 10:34

Johannesburg - Convicted former police chief Jackie Selebi is in a critical but stable condition and would have to stay in the medical wing of prison indefinitely, officials said on Wednesday.

"His condition is critical but stable at this moment," his doctor Heleen Bierman told reporters in Pretoria.

She said he suffered from "end stage kidney disease".

"It's reached the stage now where renal replacement therapy has become imperative," said Bierman.

Doctors had recommended that he stay in the medical wing of prison once discharged from hospital.

  • Ryan - 2011-12-28 10:38

    isnt the timing amazing

      Squeegee - 2011-12-28 10:42

      Lifelong free medical treatment too! Kidney transplant ahead of others on the list? Who said crime doesn't pay?

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-28 11:30

      Should save the taxpayers a bit of money if the cretin buys the farm.

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-28 11:51

      Like that veggie late minister of health! That vermin got a new liver in no time and carried on boozing till that liver died. Turn the pipes off already! Give it to someone who needs it!

      Colin - 2011-12-28 12:07

      He'll be out playing golf next week!!

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-28 13:09

      desertratbkf I happen to sit next to beetroot's sister on a flight from Joburg to Durbs a few years back. She was throwing back beers like there was no tomorrow. When she started spilling most of it over her lap and on the floor the flight attendants got big time annoyed. The best part was she was in military uniform.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-12-28 13:34

      The timing is amazing, but I bet he lives to be 100 !! However , what will piss me off no end is, if he gets a medical parole before those that have been applying for a while. They never get a chance to go home and die with dignity, yet the likes of Shaik and Selebi get them easily. Watch this space !!

      Phuti - 2011-12-29 00:53

      Let us b sensitive to a person who is has been proven by doctors tht the man needs kidney transplant.let us forget ANC & DA;blacks & whites.

  • Nokwanda - 2011-12-28 10:41

    This man is never going to see the inside od a jail cell he will be out on early parole like the rest

  • Ian - 2011-12-28 10:45

    OH COME ON!!!!!!! who the hell are you trying to fool??? This is Shabir Shaik all over again, they haven't even TRIED to change the story one bit!!!He is lying in bed right now filling in his golf club membership application form! So this is how it's going to be then, if you are in government and get caught stealing, you become 'critically ill'. If that is the case, then we are on the brink of a pandemic,because the whole damn government is about to become 'critically ill'!!!!!!!!

      Paul - 2011-12-28 10:55

      and that is that good comm ian and the sad part is that shaik and selegi will play golf in jan as health as can be

      Phuti - 2011-12-29 00:55

      DA stud send their own DJs

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-12-28 10:47

    As long as he is IN prison.... its a step in the right direction..

      Grant - 2011-12-28 11:10

      He is not in prison yet. He is still in a private hospital and will remain their until they 'find a suitable kidney doner'.

      George - 2011-12-28 12:09

      Take measurements and start diging the hole

  • renejupp - 2011-12-28 10:50

    How convenient - diagnosed only after he is sentenced!!! Pathetic

      Ephraim - 2011-12-28 11:18

      dats selebi n other gvt dudes for u bra,,,,,cnt touch them

  • margaret.mead1 - 2011-12-28 10:55

    So it's a kidney transplant that he needs. Will they give one to a prisoner? I thought not. But maybe somebody will just beeeeend the rules a little bit. Sounds a bit 'shabir' to me. Hospital is much nicer than prison.

  • gary.hagemann - 2011-12-28 10:56

    Hows that golf swing coming along then??

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-28 10:59

    When people of similar age are turned away by the public hospital service as being too old for treatment

      Kaz Campbell - 2011-12-28 12:29

      My sentiments exactly! Yet the state pays for private medical care for a criminal !

  • Amandawhereto - 2011-12-28 10:59

    This is my surprised face (-.-) <------

  • nasheenar - 2011-12-28 11:03

    The cure to this dreaded illness, that this man has is 1 x times get out of jail card. It will cure all illness immediately. Hey if this is end stage kidney whatever ..he better be dead soon!

  • Anthony - 2011-12-28 11:04

    good now go to jail you piece of sh...

  • Grant - 2011-12-28 11:04

    Could anybody find out if he had any problems with his kidneys BEFORE he was due to report to jail.

  • Simon - 2011-12-28 11:05

    if he wasn't arrested he would still be fine. Its incredible how jail make all of these people so sick.

  • Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-28 11:05

    Leave our cmrde alone, He's critically ill & not fit for jail!!

      mashandu - 2011-12-28 11:30

      moss when shabir shaik was given parole no coment such as these were made but now a black man is sick then he is attack by white and wana be whites amakhokhonuts

      mholthuysen - 2011-12-28 11:42

      Your comrade? Oh right - the one who took bribes, and as head of Interpol made South Africa look the part or? I would not want to call a convicted criminal who dines on Chicken burgers on Christmas Day a comrade. And Mashandu - when Shaik was given parole the same reaction was received; as this has nothing to do with white, black or brown - it is the fact that political connected criminals get off free whilst they rape the country and the countries taxes - and in affect steal from us ALL. There is no more justice in South Africa - the release of the "white" boys who murdered a homeless man showed that too. Society and politics rotten to the core!

      ianofborg - 2011-12-28 11:57

      and your a doc?

      Michelle Kirsten - 2011-12-28 12:04

      I admire your forgiving nature but the logic behind it seems to say that as soon as I am diagnosed with a critical illness I can also go indulge in crimiinal acts of my choice because then I should be left alone?! What message does that send to our youth?: wait till I'm sick and then get away with everything? I'm not saying it's right to wish criminals ill, but illness does not automatically fix what they did, does it?

      Truthis - 2011-12-28 12:25

      @Mashandu - you are lying low life dog. The forum is on fire every time there is news of schabir, we hate him just as much as we hate selebi and other ANC pr!ck thieves.

      Stef - 2011-12-28 12:48

      @mashandu: Pathetic. If you have no other excuse, pull the race card. I suppose his stealing, bribing and corruption are all the colonial regime's fault?

      Truthis - 2011-12-28 13:07

      @mashadu - Try those comments on for size

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-28 13:15

      If he's really sick,like all of us surely he should be released!! Thats our Law, the one we embrace when Watergloof Four are getting away with murder.

      Ryan - 2011-12-28 14:01

      @ Mashandu .. you really are clueless. unfortunately there is no cure for stupid

      Truthis - 2011-12-28 14:07

      The only prisoner who has made the news of late who really is sick is Clive Derby Lewis. If Selebi is released then so should he be. You might also have noticed, if you were not such an idiot, that we all hate that those two murderers have been released.

      mholthuysen - 2011-12-28 14:26

      Yes Moss if he is sick - but he is well enough to eat Chicken Burgers, Shaik is well enough to play golf, eat pizza and hit punches at journalists. And no I do not embrace the Waterkloof Four - they should rot in jail too. And all "normal" prisoners also rot in jail regardless if they are sick or injured - and do not get priority and special treatment.

      Juan - 2011-12-28 19:44

      Ag shame....

  • Nathan - 2011-12-28 11:06

    Sounds like old Jacki has a bad case of "Shabir Shaikaitus"! It only allows you to play golf and drive a luxury sedan and is similar to the "get out of jail" card a Monopoly player receives.

  • Ven.saDhammananda - 2011-12-28 11:06

    How barbaric all the comments from a so called christian country !!

      poaul - 2011-12-28 11:35

      I agree that the comments hardly befit civilized people, but please don't brand this country Christian.

      Michelle Kirsten - 2011-12-28 11:54

      Ja it's quite strange how people can just wish death on someone and then condemn thieves, rapists and killers in the same breath without noticing it! I am sometimes so ashamed of myself even. So many whites in country are afraid blacks wish us dead and then they run around wishing death on others. As a christian I feel so sorry that this is the image most people get to see

      rowan.maulson - 2011-12-28 12:50

      Please... we are not a christian country.. we are a democratic country.... And personally I'm not wishing death on him, that would be too easy... He must be thrown into the little steel cage he belongs in and must rot there for a good many years.... if he dies in prison then so be it..if he doesn't then he must serve his full term.

  • Cornelius - 2011-12-28 11:07


  • phorane.thokoane - 2011-12-28 11:11

    Oh please! Pull the other one.........I saw this a mile away, and it smells like a 'Shabir Shaik'.......I am sick and tired of these politically connected people who think that they are above the law, just because they have the some high profile politicians on speed dial...... At least he tried to be more original...... Ticks me off to high tide for real........

  • Wallace - 2011-12-28 11:16

    He is well and I think he's trying to pull the Shaik trick. You live by sword you die buy sword. Selebi should have known better. We are no fools.

      mashandu - 2011-12-28 11:37

      tell that to the doctors treating him

  • willbeonekenobi - 2011-12-28 11:18

    he's faking. If he was sick then it would've come out during his trial.

      mashandu - 2011-12-28 11:37

      he was hiding it and he used it as a plan to be out of jail...oh what a plan dont u think so

  • elbie.louw1 - 2011-12-28 11:19

    Justice in South Africa is becoming a myth!

  • sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-28 11:20

    south african judiciary sucks... period. lots of loopholes.... nxa

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-28 11:30

    OH PALEEEZE!!!!!

  • Grant - 2011-12-28 11:30

    I wonder how much his doctor Heleen Bierman is making to spout all this crap? Note, he's still in a private hospital not in a prison ward and mark my words he will never be considered fit enough to go to prison. Thank you ANC for making our judicial and correctional services the laughing stock of the world.

  • Koos - 2011-12-28 11:35

    mmm.... tough.... no golf!

  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-28 11:35

    I wonder if he has a membership card for a golf club yet and the directions to Shabir Shaikhs favorite Italian restaurant in Durban. And why is he in a private hospital - do other prisoners get the same treatment? Judiciary my backside - it is a BIG laugh of how the ANC and their pals make a mockery of justice!

      mholthuysen - 2011-12-28 11:52

      And I just read he received his treat for Christmas Day - "The jailed ex-head of Interpol will eat from the same menu as the other patients in the 832-bed facility, or his family can bring him a meal. The menu is baked beans for breakfast, whereas lunch comprises baked chicken served with potato salad, a pea-and-pineapple salad and beetroot. As a Christmas treat, patients will have malva pudding with custard. Dinner is chicken burgers with pineapple slices."

  • Susan - 2011-12-28 11:38

    Why is the comrades lawyer and docter not BEE?

  • desertratbkf - 2011-12-28 11:43

    Oh just die already FFS!!!!! Stop wasting space on news pages! Who gives a damn anyway, you thieving vermin!

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-28 11:44

    Can do the crime but cannot do the time !! New anc mantra !!

  • andy.brewis - 2011-12-28 11:47

    if you can't do the time, don't do the crime

  • Helmut - 2011-12-28 11:52

    Every body in goverment is vermin and we should get rid of them

  • SirFGrumpy - 2011-12-28 11:54

    Too much Johnny Black!

  • Morne - 2011-12-28 12:08

    If he dies, I might believe this sh*t.

  • Peter - 2011-12-28 12:16

    Are we really supposed to believe this crap?

  • Zanele - 2011-12-28 12:19


  • Martin - 2011-12-28 12:28

    Well then... Devani stands a good chance! LOL

  • John - 2011-12-28 12:44

    Sheik Sheik baby Sheik....................

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-12-28 13:01

    In the first place, who appointed Selebi to the post?A poor selection by one is in charge of our country.Birds of a feather....

  • sean.looney - 2011-12-28 13:18

    you lose your right to morally judge this man when you are championing his death. its funny how nobody commenting here understands or notes their own hypocrisy. its not like this man killed/raped or tortured anyone. he's obviously sick, so let him be sick. if and when he is better then he will serve his time and justice shall be done.

      rowan.maulson - 2011-12-28 13:20

      He was the chief of our law enforcement arm.... and yet he openly and willingly colluded with criminal elements and interfered in INTERPOL investigations...... He no longer has the right of sympathy for anything in my opinion. If he dies in this medical wing or in prison then so be it... but the world will be a slightly better place when he is no longer in it.

      JohnnyDee68 - 2011-12-28 13:38

      what makes his sickness so "obvious"?

      sean.looney - 2011-12-28 14:52

      well it's obvious because he has been assessed by medical professionals who obviously deem him to be both sick and in need of a transplant. last time i checked people weren't getting transplants to try and make their jail time that bit easier.. as for rowan, its not about sympathy. its about compassion for a fellow human being. south africans are so quick to bleat on about the lack of compassion the criminal element in our country show for their victims yet, if these boards are a moral barometer, even the "civilised" amongst us fail to show compassion to others.

  • Gerhardus - 2011-12-28 13:20

    So let me get this straight. I must work my butt off to feed my family and also pay tax to keep criminals alive. Damn, poor law abiding citizens draw the short stick. I say bring back the death penalty!

  • sue.da.nim - 2011-12-28 13:25

    oh the irony... i bet he wishes his name was Shaik...

  • Thopa - 2011-12-28 13:31

    Bees roux, waterkloof four....

      Morne - 2011-12-28 14:07

      They got thumped here too...

  • Graham - 2011-12-28 15:50

    If Selebi is that sick, he must be allowed to do the "Shaik Walk", which as has been medically proved to provide instant cure!

  • Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 16:27

    he's pulling the shabir shaick! He'll be golfing in no time!

  • jack.kukard - 2011-12-28 21:00

    These impi's are all the same.................

  • Daft - 2011-12-28 23:04

    UR KIDNEYS PACK IN BECAUSE OF LOTS AND LOTS OF ALCOHOL !!!!!,,,,Looks like we did not have just a corrupt cop but a PISS CAT as well !!!!

  • Gerda - 2011-12-28 23:16

    All this criticism (and I am one of them) regarding Selebi will not help any of us because the government will just do what they have already decided before sentencing him. I heard on the radio that the correctional service will appoint two prison warden to undergo training on how to take care of Selebi. My personal opinion is that they should release him before its going to cost us, the taxpayer, millions of rands to keep him in prison where he will lead a cushioned life. Once out of hospital, IF he REALLY is ill as they say, he will be responsible for his own medical costs.

  • David - 2011-12-29 01:44

    The ability to develop a debilitating illness on command is truly an amazing skill that our government officials seem to have mastered. Inspirational really.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-29 03:56

    Malingering sob

  • Morongwa - 2011-12-29 10:03

    Speedy recovery to my hero. This too shall pass, its just a matter of time. I trust Steve Academic Hospital doctors especially from that unit.