Friends want medical parole for Selebi

2012-01-06 10:00

Johannesburg - A group calling itself "Friends of Jackie Selebi" wants the former national police commissioner to be released on medical parole, its spokesperson said on Friday.

"Lefika project is a special purpose vehicle established in pursuit of the campaign to release Mr Selebi on medical parole," Isaack 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.

"We started talking, like everyone else, about him going to prison."

He said they felt he should not be incarcerated due to his deteriorating health. Two weeks ago they decided to lodge an application for Selebi to be released on medical parole.

"We can now confirm that a formal request has been lodged with both the office of the minister of correctional services and the national commissioner of correctional services as prescribed by the law."

Lesole said they believed Selebi fitted the profile of an offender who qualified for medical parole in terms of the Correctional Services Act and Correctional Matters Amendment Act.

Correctional services spokesperson Zacharia Modise confirmed to The Star newspaper that they had received the group's letter.

He said normal procedure was for a medical parole application to be made by family members, legal representatives, or correctional services itself. He said the department would respond to the letter.

"We received the letter this morning [Thursday]. The department of correctional services will act on that," Modise was quoted as saying.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption in July 2010 and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment. He went to jail on December 5.

  • Blade - 2012-01-06 10:03

    Shabir needs a golfing partner.

      MWF - 2012-01-06 10:17

      EVERYONE knew this was going to happen. Such a corrupt country we live in, that obvious BS like this will actually become a reality given his prior status. Just like good old Shabir.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 10:26

      It was only a matter of time. I'm waiting for the miraculous recovery after it is granted.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-06 11:01

      Clive Derby-Lewis.

      Walter - 2012-01-06 11:26

      No surprise there, who did not see that coming?

      Gerhard - 2012-01-06 11:39

      @Phuti, why does this always have to be a race issue? I think there are just as many black people as white people, maybe more, who would like to see justice being done. He was convicted of fraud and should be punished. If he doesn't get punished, then we should not punish anyone for committing fraud. He is a criminal.

      Flowingriver - 2012-01-06 11:50

      We need to campaign to set Selebi free. He has served his time.

      RSole - 2012-01-06 11:56

      Wouldn't be at all surprised to find out the "Friends" are Agliotti and Nassif.

      Flowingriver - 2012-01-06 11:59

      @Blade.......he also needs a caddie.....why dont u apply?

      NrGx - 2012-01-06 12:49

      just put the friends (more than likely corrupt criminals anyway) in jail with him and they can live happily ever after

      Robsschele - 2012-01-06 13:07

      Just my thinking as well. They miss him on the gholf course. Maybe he always bought the drinks.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-06 14:36

      Hey Minister of Corrections..I'ma mate of Eugene de Kock and I want him released cos he's a model prisoner and I need a golf partner.

      Bielie - 2012-01-06 16:07

      Eish Blade, but you are sharp!!

      John - 2012-01-06 19:56

      Tsotsi Selebi go to jail! Tsotsi Shaik go to jail!

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-06 10:05

    I really wish they would stop calling it "medical parole". Call it what it is, "Friends of the ANC Parole".

      Mahomed Dawjee - 2012-01-06 10:13

      In many years time it will be taught in school as the 'schaik' parole

      Bloody-Agent - 2012-01-06 10:54

      The ANC will have a new liberation song called "Shaick Rattle & Parole..!!"

  • John - 2012-01-06 10:08

    what a joke !!!!

  • Merven - 2012-01-06 10:09

    If Cele is suffering so much, why not just put him out of his misery, a quick injection and it is over!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 10:14

      Dear Merve. Cele and Selebi are two different people, dude. Stop smoking that stuff so early in the morning.

      Bozie - 2012-01-06 10:25

      Squeegee Merven is just a few years ahead of us. He is already posting comments on Cele's imprisonment! LOL LOL I think by then corruption will be legalised and Cele will never see a court or a jail.

      Merven - 2012-01-06 11:20

      My bad.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 12:01

      Merven, your slip up might be prophetic. If Cele ever gets nailed, I'm sure he will develop the Shaiks.

      Nico - 2012-01-06 18:21

      what's very funny is 105 people gave it thumbs up haha

  • Gavin - 2012-01-06 10:15

    In the 'new' South Africa, if you know the right people, you can do the crime and you don't have to do the time. The sound you can hear in the distance is the death of our democracy.

  • Beth - 2012-01-06 10:18

    So I take it that they, these 2 friends/ANC, will then have no problem allowing parole to another elderly ill man - Clive Derby-Lewis?

      Bozie - 2012-01-06 10:31

      I'm waiting for someone to come give you a reply Beth. I would love to hear why we have these double standards. McBride is running around free and drunk after he killed people and stealing the rate payers money.

  • Piet - 2012-01-06 10:19

    Firends of Clive Derby-Lewis....

      Piet - 2012-01-06 10:19

      Friends of Clive Derby-Lewis

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-06 11:43

      My view is CDL's parole elegibility has long been in the hands of the Hani family and the SACP , correctional services dept does not want to upset these two groups. I do not know what the conditions of his incarceration are but I must say citing his age and ill health he should be afforded the same special medical treatment ( not parole) enjoyed by JS but over and above that they both should serve their full sentences as they are proportionate to the crimes committed. Finish n klaar

  • Themba Hillsong - 2012-01-06 10:19

    Corruption damaged his kidneys,now I hope these politicians listen when we tell them "corruption is bad".dialysis is life sentence on it's own.

  • adrian.berghoff - 2012-01-06 10:20

    Denied. "Friends" or bribed to do so? He has not suffered enough embarrassment and humiliation. He was in a position of power, which he abused. He must pay for his crime and justice has not been done, not until his sentence is served.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-06 10:22

    No NO NO !!!Pi$$ off now, do the crime do the time

  • Deon - 2012-01-06 10:22

    He might be sick, but hardly terminal.

  • nishaatf - 2012-01-06 10:25

    Shouldnt one actually have to spend time in Jail before you can apply for parole, But then again we dealing with the ANC here , what new look atthe Shower man , anything can be excepted with them

      Themba - 2012-01-06 11:41

      why brng anc in thepicture, white mentality,,

  • Ndivhuho - 2012-01-06 10:28

    as if we didnt see that coming!! friends my foot its probably some croonies that he shared his money with.

  • tokoziza - 2012-01-06 10:28

    What?!?! Has Mr Absolutely Terminally Ill with only months to live more than 2 years Ago Sheik run out of golfing partners??!!! Corruption at the highest level. Not "Medical Parole" at all - called "Friends of ANC Parole"! :((

  • Thoka - 2012-01-06 10:28

    he did not feel sick when taking bribes, he must rot and die in jail. they always talk about setting example, he is a public fiqure and this grab attention to the nation. F*ck Shaik desease, people died as a result of his action.

  • Peter - 2012-01-06 10:28

    What handicap does he play off?

      Beth - 2012-01-06 13:31


  • Msholozi - 2012-01-06 10:29

    he is very ill and cannot recover in prison he must get parole

      Deon - 2012-01-06 11:01

      Suffering from a chronic disease is not grounds for a release. Up to 50% of all inmates in jail suffers from TB or HIV or Mental disease, then they can also apply for medical parole.

      Mannie777 - 2012-01-06 11:52

      Pass grammar first.

      Tc - 2012-01-06 12:43

      Thinking about it.. Winnie Mandela never even saw the inside of a prison. Same with masses of other ANC thugs. It may be unfair to keep him there. Not yet 'finish and klaar'

  • Fenderbender - 2012-01-06 10:36

    I want a date with Natalie Portman

      Bozie - 2012-01-06 10:53

      You will need to convert to Judaism and snip that pecker before she is going to date you! Are you ready for one of our traditional tribal schools in the bush?

      Fenderbender - 2012-01-06 12:19

      F@ck no then I'll stick to missus palm and her five daughters

      Thopa - 2012-01-06 12:32

      @ Fenderbender is it because sh's white?

  • Thopa - 2012-01-06 10:40

    If two of the waterkloof four are free after killing an innocent harmless man, and the blue bulls cop murderer is also free, why can't Selebi be considered for parole?

      Piet - 2012-01-06 10:42

      Cause corruption is worse than murder!

      Tc - 2012-01-06 12:39

      Think about it - Selebi can easily be branded a mass-murderer - a good lawyer can present such a case.

      Johnnie - 2012-01-06 21:26

      Because Selebi abused his position.He should never have been there.Actually the man who made him Chief of Police,should also be with him. But that might still happen.

  • Sam - 2012-01-06 10:42

    Who is that ,is it Glen Agliotti and Papparas

  • Mr C - 2012-01-06 10:43

    Oh please! watch the SOB get medical parole... i feel so sorry for the future of this country with the likes of the idiots we have leading it! (or corrupting it / destroying it / plundering it - you choose)

  • Jo - 2012-01-06 10:43

    I agree he is not healthy they should give medical parole and exchange him for angliotti!

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-01-06 10:50

    You have got to be kidding! I wonder how many other prisoners are elderly, are ill and would like to be treated as Selebi and possibly get out of jail card

  • Jan Van Schaik - 2012-01-06 10:54

    WTF - enough already of these double standards & selective sentencing of the criminal. What a mockery of the South African Criminal Justice system...

  • DestinedForGreatThings - 2012-01-06 10:56

    NO!!!! NO!!! he must stay in the prison hospital wing. b/coz once hez out, he wont go back!! NO!!

  • Karabo - 2012-01-06 10:56

    Shaik got medical parole and some how forgot to be sick! Give the old man parole.

  • Neville - 2012-01-06 10:58

    ANC Friends

  • Susan - 2012-01-06 11:01

    I totally agree that prison is no place for a terminally sick old man - it will be much better to rather euthanase him...

  • christovb - 2012-01-06 11:01

    Jackie Selebi is not terminally ill. It must be one of the biggest medical fakes in history. If his parole succeeds, SA is defined as a banana republic.

  • heatherlynn.roberts - 2012-01-06 11:02

    I live 3 chronic illnesses, so if I fail to abide by any law. Can I also get away with it!

  • Frances - 2012-01-06 11:16

    Shame, poor old man has Schabir Shaikitus, I've heard that it only gets better outside of prison. The people who run this country really don't think much for it's citizens intelligence do they?

  • Deon - 2012-01-06 11:18

    It is about time to get out; he spent more than 2 weeks behind bars

  • Johan - 2012-01-06 11:27

    "imprisoning the applicant will not yield any benefit for the country". Um, actually, imprisoning a criminal does exactly that, benefit the country.

  • Johan - 2012-01-06 11:29

    If this oke gets out of jail, having wasted millions of rands to have him in court without him spending a single full day in a proper jail cell, then I have lost all hope for the SA Justice system.

  • Sam - 2012-01-06 11:30

    As a member of ANC, I strongly condemn what Selebi did I understand he was a strong activist against apartheid, by then he came back he was honored with a posh job with car allowance,housing allowance entertainment allowance, cellphone etc instead of using this golden opportunity to increase his income he opted to reduce himself to rubbish bin while other leaders like Tito Mboweni and others invested their income wisely to secure their future and their children. I appeals to all Comrades nt to defend indefensible, these are people who are destroying the image of the good ANC and we are the people on the ground working hard as volunteers convincing voters to vote ANC, this is lesson to all corrupts elements in the ANC that must be formugated

  • Cina - 2012-01-06 11:31

    Shame he is missing out on a big party this weekend, but I suppose seeing that he is not in prison he can still attend if he is not feeling to yukkie.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-06 11:33

    It's investment, they know that tomorrow they may be in prison and Selebi as a Justice minister wouldn't save them if they don't save him.

      Moss Mphahlele - 2012-01-06 12:06

      Get a life!! How can convicted criminal be minister of justice?

      Mike - 2012-01-06 13:20

      @ Moss - How many convicted criminals sit in the parliament of the Republic of South Africa?

      Jason Morgan - 2012-01-06 20:19


  • Danie - 2012-01-06 11:33

    I do agree in some way, Correctional services are there to rehabilitate, if he is under house arrest the cost of living and medical care are for his account, in prison it is for our account. He is in his current condition and no position of power, no threat to common citizens. Place strick house arrest conditions on him and keep him out of public office. BUT apply the same rule and criteria to many others and have a strick and clear gideline to work on...

      antoinette.jordaan - 2012-01-06 12:04

      If they DO apply it to others, then that would be justice. BUT, it normaly seems to be more the case of a select few.....

  • northsgn - 2012-01-06 11:39

    let that mofo rot in jail

  • kozikan - 2012-01-06 11:41

    ok so i am 46 years old white male, an insulin dependant diabetic and currently on anti-depressants with L4 and L5 degeneration in my back... does this mean I can go and rob, steal, rape and pillage and then use my medical condition to 1. get the state to pay for my treatments, 2. apply for parole due to my medical history??? I thought not!!!

      Themba - 2012-01-06 11:46

      you could with the old gov, do not do it, if you do it you will be in jail and you may die in jail, the justice system works well in the new gov as compare to the the old gov.

      Rory - 2012-01-06 12:39

      Why do you say that Themba? Because the new favours Blacks and the old used to favour whites? Both are wrong and both don't work. Justice is justice, prejudice is prejudice.

  • Rudi - 2012-01-06 11:46

    Won't do the country any good?! If he is given medical parole it will do our already pathetic image a whole lot more damage! The rest of the world already think South Africa has gone down the cr@pper! And since when is correctional services supposed to be nice? you go there if you have commited a crime. Jail should be a deterrant for potential criminals, not an inspiration.

  • Jason - 2012-01-06 11:52

    Criminals think that because they ill they can avoid the law... They should throw Shabir back in jail because now everyone knows he has nothing terminal.

  • Rob - 2012-01-06 11:53

    The problem lies in the understanding of what prison is for. Take the department's name, 'correctional services'. Clearly setting the direction NOT to be punishment but rather correction. So if you are dying, or nearly dying there is no point in spending large sums of money attempting to correct you. Excluding the idea of punishment leaves the entire system open to abuse. Bring back the big stick and rope I say.

  • Jacques - 2012-01-06 11:54

    That's nice. If you're going to be a Mafia man, just keep on being one 'till you're an old man and say ''I'm too old for prison''. Only retarded crooks actually get caught at a prisonable age. Pfft. Wake up, people. He's old. Let him walk already! (Facepalm)

  • Rory - 2012-01-06 11:55

    How about NO! Seriously, even if he did qualify for medical parole he should stay in jail to be made an example of!!

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-06 11:59

    Is it really any surprise? This is making a joke of the current "anti-corruption" system. I just wonder what the ANC will do, when the tables are being turned in a propper way, without any political interference.

  • Tarryn - 2012-01-06 12:02

    Look, I agree he probably has a terminal condition from what I've seen and read in the news etc and not on his medical team but this is my 2cents worth.. Many people I've treated with end stage kidney failure will die very quickly without treatment but with dialysis they live almost normal lives and continue to undergo dialysis for many years and even work their normal jobs during this time while they wait for a kidney transplant. Selebi could potentially serve his full sentence and be released after the usual 7 or 8 years 50% sentence is completed provided he is receiving dialysis 2-3 times per week. I can't see why they can't leave him in prison and take him for dialysis. If he dies while in prison it would more likely be from a heart attack or stroke or some other complication related to his high blood pressure and diabetes which was probably poorly controlled for the last few decades. And we can't go releasing every prisoner who has high BP and diabetes now can we? Or is this reserved only for ANC members..

  • Themba - 2012-01-06 12:04

    The man is serioulsy ill and is old, he collapsed in his house, he nearly had a heart attached and die on the scene. on top of that he is not a treath to any citizen of this contry. I think he deserve a parol and he can spen time with grand childrens,,

      Ken - 2012-02-23 21:57

      If I had to go to jail for 15 years, I would probably also collapse and have a near heart attack. Ag Shame, he must feel so unhappy. IS THAT NOT THE WHOLE IDEA, AS WELL AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT AND BE REHABILITATED?

      Ken - 2012-02-23 22:01

      He was a huge threat to SA and other countries. When head of Interpol he tipped off drug smugglers such as Agliotti. Get a life Themba. The "man" is a piece of scum.

  • Jacques - 2012-01-06 12:05

    Be fair and just. What message is it sending out to people in the street. You can be corrupt and get away with it as long as the money is on the table. Have a lot to say but dont want to render any rubbish in my mind. Cheers people have a blessed New Year.

  • tamoshe - 2012-01-06 12:08

    fully support the move, long overdue, I hope it wont be thrown out on technical or procedural aspects