D-Day for 'critically' ill Selebi

2011-12-04 23:35

Cape Town - Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi's legal team will on Monday hold urgent talks with the registrar of the South Gauteng High Court.

Selebi had on Friday been given 48 hours to report to the Johannesburg Correctional Services Centre to start serving his sentence of 15 years after his appeal against his conviction of corruption was turned down by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Selebi, who had been following proceedings on TV from his home in Pretoria, collapsed and was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

His lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, would not comment on reports that he'd had a stroke or suffered from Parkinson's disease, but that he was "very, very critical".

She said this was at the request of the family.

Coetzee said she had visited Selebi in hospital, but that his condition was such that he couldn't give her instructions on how to proceed.

She said she had informed the correctional services department.

A decision would have to be taken during talks with the registrar on whether he can stay in the Jacaranda Hospital in Pretoria or would have to be transferred to a prison hospital.

Clarity will also be sought on extending his appeal bail with a view of the case going to the Constitutional Court.

Asked whether Selebi's case is going to be a second "Schabir Shaik case", she said "definitely not".

"If the order is for him to go to jail, it will happen," she said."

"Mr Selebi has been ill for a long time and his condition has deteriorated progressively," Coetzee said.

She said that he has been receiving intensive treatment for some time.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-04 23:50

    Really, did Selebi not know the time for SCA to give their judgement would come??? What was he expecting the judgement to be??? And in the event that it was not what he hoped for, what psychological and spiritual preparation did he organize??? He just sat there and watched TV like the rest of us innocent citizens? Well, he really needs to get over himself and get his butt a shrink, and head off to prison. Shock, Denail, Anger, Depression, Acceptance....prison here comes Selebi.

      Shoe - 2011-12-04 23:56

      See I am sooo done feeling sorry for his crooked ass. Thanks to the commentors who told me to 'snap out of it'.

      Kevin - 2011-12-05 13:04

      You forgot - here comes the showers

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-04 23:50

    Head to SunCity boss,,, its a nice place.

  • Lánsamir - 2011-12-04 23:51

    Maybe he is already suffering from Shabir Shaik-iritis

      Juan - 2011-12-05 05:33

      He is a self serving piece of work, and he fails to take any responsibility for his actions. His only motivation is to steal and cheat, where his motivation should have been to protect & serve the public. There is a serious lack of moral fibre in the police, from the top down.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-05 14:57

      Wow I didnt know they could detect Parkinson's in a matter of minutes.... So he collapsed at the party he was having for his "Innocence" to be announced then the appeal was denied .... Shock! and then they diagnosed him with Diabetes, Parkinsons and a stroke! Was this all while they picked him from the floor????? Cos that one awsome lawyer/Doctor! he got there.

  • Allen - 2011-12-04 23:54

    The precedent is set by Shabir Schaik. Go to jail, plead "on death's doorstep" get out of jail free. Selebi is just trying to cut out the "going to jail" part of his sentence and moving directly to freedom. Justice MUST be done NOW!

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2011-12-05 00:10

    Hey, ur just a common criminal now, nothing more. Ur a nothing. And hope u enjoy this stroke, because u gonna get a good couple more strokes where u heading. A couple of Bubbas have been waiting to meet you since u put them there. Sweet dreams now, criminal... :D

  • boramk - 2011-12-05 00:28

    The man is "ill", now we should totally drop charges! What is this idiot doing? Following Shabir?

  • leechie - 2011-12-05 00:32

    Jails have medical facilities, no other convicted criminal would be given this leeway

      Mannie777 - 2011-12-05 08:08

      My point aswell. Whats the hold-up about?? GO TO PRISON HOSPITAL!!! Simple.

  • oscar.cupido - 2011-12-05 00:50

    Please go to jail - you are a CRIMINAL

      Patrick - 2011-12-05 12:35

      Do not pass Go, and do not collect 200.00.................

  • Pieter - 2011-12-05 01:11

    Critical with the flu? LMAO, what a joke, lock up the rubbish

  • sefaratk - 2011-12-05 02:02

    Schabir Shaik case no 2...Selebi will not see a single day in prison...dats a fact...our institution is lacking...any who is rich can fake disease and goes out of jail...soon he will b playing golf......

  • Jimmy Reynolds - 2011-12-05 02:03

    Go to jail muppet. Somebody there will hold you tight, rub your back and tell you that everything is going to be ok...

  • Boer - 2011-12-05 02:14

    Druk die bliksem in die tronk. Sy moer man die wetter maak of hy siek is.

  • Ian - 2011-12-05 02:15

    as this disgusting government said about fatboy, admitted to A PRIVATE hospital with flu like symptoms, lock the bastard up already and you madam sheister attorney coetzee you are only making a scene because of your love for all that yummy gravy, thats blood money lady, how many south africans were murdered on his watch, how many rapes, how many lives ruined, hopefully the coward cele will be joining him, let the entire anc join him, stinking criminal loving trash

      Grant - 2011-12-05 03:28

      "let the entire anc join him, stinking criminal loving trash" Whilst no sane person will dispute this, remember none of us are perfect...

  • yummyhamster - 2011-12-05 02:24

    I Think we need to send him a present consisting of 15 years worth of lube for when he gets to prison.Oh wait.. this is SA.. he will get off.. his boyfriends in prison will be so heart broken now..

  • Digger - 2011-12-05 03:39

    I agree with his attorney on possible taking his case to the constitutional court. For starters, what other than the fact that he is ANC, black and educated, to a point….makes him qualify for the position of National Police Commissioner, in the first place? If they are going to continue putting people in position they don’t deserve, haven’t worked for and certainly not capable of handling than this will continue to happen. Quite frankly the ANC should be accountable….or what?

  • Smell - 2011-12-05 03:54

    Mr. Selebi probably suffers from that same "terminal" illness that Schabir Shaik has been suffering from for years. Regularly playing golf is the only known antidote.

  • Royston - 2011-12-05 05:08

    Another copout............!

      Bernard - 2011-12-05 08:43

      LOL, 'scuse the pun!

  • Roy - 2011-12-05 05:39

    This crook will never see the inside of a jail and if he does it will only be for a short while,like Shabir Shaike. The only reason why he is "sick" is because he was caught out for being a corrupt ANC comrade.

      Stephen - 2011-12-05 07:48

      Jail is for the poor, in SA.

  • Attie - 2011-12-05 05:41

    very strange he was not sick when he received all the cash

  • Attie - 2011-12-05 05:47

    his wife should join him as she also enjoyed spending the money

      Stephen - 2011-12-05 07:47

      I'm guessing the 1 thumbs down, is from the wife.

  • Wes - 2011-12-05 05:48

    Accountability Definition The obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. It also includes the responsibility for money or other entrusted property.

      Wes - 2011-12-05 05:51

      Accountability. ANC Definition I have the ability to fill my bank account

      Stephen - 2011-12-05 07:46


  • godesha - 2011-12-05 06:08

    It worked for Shaik, why not for Selebi? He will go to prison the day hell freezes over.

  • Peper - 2011-12-05 06:22

    oh well same old story and I guess he will be fit again once he is informed that he does not have to go to jail.

  • Ntiyiso Nkanyani - 2011-12-05 06:23

    eh, he's still around????

  • dhuysamen1 - 2011-12-05 06:30

    Anybody that has not yet realised that, whatever the so-called government (read jobs for thieving pals) states as a fact, exactly the opposite will happen. Selebi will in all probability have an even easier ride into freedom than Bro Shaik. After all, with Shaik the "government" had to invent circumventing justice as they went along. With Selebi they can just follow established procedure. No wonder South Africa has become the laughing stock of the world. What with a skin-wearing fat president with God knows how many wives at present, I've lost count, who believes free of consequence fornication is alright, we are indeed witnessing the "renaissance" of African tribal rule as us whiteys discovered it over three hundred years ago.

  • Larry - 2011-12-05 06:35

    He has a headache, The only thing that is critical is that he goes to Jail.

      Wes - 2011-12-05 08:02

      I wonder if he will use that in prison "No not now I have a headache"

  • pws69 - 2011-12-05 06:48

    The poor guy, who steals a can of beans because his family is starving, and who has AIDS and TB, can't just run off to a private hospital and claim to be "critically ill". He is taken to jail immediately. It seems there are different rules for the pigs (Animal Farm pigs, not derogatory name for cops pigs, just to clarify).

  • Sheldon - 2011-12-05 06:48

    Her Lawyer should also be thrown in Jail for defanding a Thief!

      Carlin - 2011-12-05 07:14

      Everyone, even the guilty, are entitled to defend their innosence because their guilt must be proven. Warning lights must go on, however, when they consistently succeed in that defence.

  • muriel.farquharson - 2011-12-05 07:02

    And this was the chief of Interpol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jack.kukard - 2011-12-05 07:08

    Its easy hang the bastard....

  • Angling - 2011-12-05 07:10

    Hey Ho - to Sun City you go.

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-05 07:11

    hahahaha pathetic, this is a stupid circle we are stuck in, is this the fashion nowadays huh? get convicted and suddenly OH NO im sick i need to go to the hospital, hahaha f-that they should not be given any special attention whatsoever, he did bad things, off to jail with his ass sick or not, frankly its probably bullcrap anyways, what a joke

  • Hannetjie - 2011-12-05 07:22

    Is this another 'Shabir Schaik' type of conviction? Too ill to go to jail, will then 'serve' his prison term in a luxury hospital and when he is released he goes shopping and pklay golf etc.?????? Just asking.

  • malcolm - 2011-12-05 07:24

    The truth is that Selebi will get what is coming to him. Fortunately, even though Schabir is out of jail, I reckon his life must be absolutely miserable. Wherever he goes, people look at him in disgrace, pass comments, give him a few slaps on a golf course etc. We all get what is coming to us in some way or the other, The wheel turns. Every dog has his day. Jacob Zuma, Chippy Shaik, the rest of the Shaiks, Julius Malema, Robert Mugabe. The whole lot will eventually pay, if they are not payi ng already in some or other manner.

      Stephen - 2011-12-05 07:42

      I wish you were right, but what I've seen in my life is the opposite.

      Andre - 2011-12-05 08:16

      Sorry Malcolm,but what u are saying will never happen in CRIMINAL S.A.his ANC CRONIES look at him as a hero not as a criminal, wake up Bru.

  • meripeps - 2011-12-05 07:33

    shame he sure is going down!

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-12-05 07:33

    He should join schabir's four ball.

  • Brendan - 2011-12-05 07:35

    It seems as if prison is a definite cause of critical ilness - I wonder how much research has been done on that? prison should be banned because it causes terminal ilness lol

  • Dean - 2011-12-05 07:37

    Hope you looking forward to time in the tjoekie, you moegoe... there are lotsa "friendlies" in there waiting for you. "Girl, you'll be a woman soon" ;) TIME TO PAY FOR YOUR SINS AGAINST THIS COUNTRY.

  • Stephen - 2011-12-05 07:39

    He wont spend 15 days in Jail, never mind 15 years.

  • gabriel.melim - 2011-12-05 07:40

    Is this not exactly what we expected? After all, we need to make sure that sufficient taxpayers' money is wasted on defending a crook. When all else fails, grap the "ill-health" ticket and get as many miles as possible. Why is it that Derby-Lewis sits with a terminal sickness behind bars, yet these thugs that occupied positions of trust stretch it as far as they can and deplete our country's finances. When they had their hand in the cookie jar they should have been thinking about their health, not now that they were caught. Putting it plainly: YOU DID THE CRIME, NOW DO THE TIME. Finished and klaar!!!!

  • Herman - 2011-12-05 07:45

    Shabir showed the anc how to do it. Selebi listened.

  • Mickey - 2011-12-05 07:48

    I'm sure that prison has a great hospital to look after him. Just like they do for Clive Darby Lewis... a REAL South African Hero.

      Mickey - 2011-12-05 09:32

      Winnie was involved in murder and she got off free and is regarded as a hero. Nelson was a terrorist involved with planting bombs and he became a world hero. Their crimes were downgraded to "Politcal Crimes" and they were let off. Selebi was involved with a known drug kingpin, who's drugs have probably killed thousands of people, yet all Selebi did was take money from him and protect him. As far as I am concerned, that makes him an accomplice, which means Selebi is just as guilty of murder as Clive Derby Lewis. Derby Lewis also committed a political crime AND he IS actually terminally ill, yet he is forced to stay in prison.

  • brian.enslin - 2011-12-05 07:50

    Clive Derby-Lewis is "critically ill", yet he is still in jail. So why can't Selebi go to jail as well?

  • django - 2011-12-05 07:52

    I agree with Leonard. Now this action MUST be the path to be followed for ALL SA citizens in future !!!

  • hadedah - 2011-12-05 07:55

    Amazing Selebi was well enough to parade around in a Generals uniform. and to attend meetings and parties. I have had parkinson's for many years and I am not in hospital, his ill health is like him suitable for the occasions of need, prisons I am told have excellent hospital facilities.

  • Rulani - 2011-12-05 07:56

    i cant bealive u mr jacks ;how can u imitate mr zuma when u know very well that u cant swim with big fishes

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-12-05 08:01

    "He's been ill for a long time". What is this illness? Why does the press not say what he is allegedly suffering from?

  • Lynn - 2011-12-05 08:12

    Enough already send him to jail. No excuses.

  • Paul - 2011-12-05 08:18

    How does one suddenly develop a critical or terminal illness or condition exactly I wonder? he was in perfect health while on special leave for his corruption case while recieving full pay at the same time if Im correct? Now his buddy zuma wont save him so he is trying to manipulate the so called justice system yet again... Well excuse the negative attitude but if selebi walks or gets "medical parole" then I no longer see the slightest hint of hope for South Africa to eliminate the scourge of corruption within in its government,the ANC has become nothing but a front for illegal activity

  • margaret.mead1 - 2011-12-05 08:32

    Finish and klaar?Seems like this saga goes on and on.The man who labelled himself 'corruption buster' is now having to face the music for corruption,and seems he just can't handle it!It was a shock, because he expected to win.Because he didn't it seems he has resorted to other means to avoid the penalty.I would never condemn him.Perhaps his illness is indeed genuine.He can be forgiven by God,but not let off the hook, legally.When he was Head of Interpol,he was disgraced,which brought shame and embarrassment to South Africa.There must be consequences to what he did.I'm sorry he's sick, but he must face the music.