Health dept: Selebi didn't jump dialysis list

2012-07-25 14:37

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department has denied claims that former police chief Jackie Selebi received preferential treatment over other patients needing kidney dialysis.

Health spokesperson Simon Zwane said the health department had "no say" in when Selebi got his treatment.

"The decision to provide treatment is taken by doctors based on medical grounds, not on political grounds," Zwane said in a statement.

Earlier, it was reported that Selebi received treatment at a Pretoria public hospital while a terminally ill woman was turned away.

The Times newspaper said Suzette Janse van Rensburg was told she had a month to live and would have died if her family had not paid R66 000 for the kidney treatment at a private hospital.

Her son-in-law Martin Kriek expressed shock at the news that Selebi was being treated at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, while 82 patients were on the dialysis waiting list.

"Why is he getting better treatment than my mother or anybody else in the same boat?"

Janse van Rensburg, who suffers from chronic renal failure, approached Charlotte Maxeke hospital for dialysis but was told that there were 10 patients ahead of her on the waiting list.

She would only move up the list if other patients either died or received kidney transplants.

"I was saddened and depressed that the State could not do anything for me," Janse van Rensburg said.
The corruption-convicted Selebi was granted medical parole on Friday.

  • andre.marx - 2012-07-25 14:48

    Just once and I mean just once would I like to read how a goverment department took responsibility. Do these spokesman really believe that we believe this crap?

      procold2 - 2012-07-25 15:04

      for sure andre, i think this gov thinks we are all fools but most of us can see right through the a@@hole$

      tooka.loosh - 2012-07-25 15:13

      @procold2 Well obviously "most of us" CAN'T see right though the a@@hole$, can we?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-25 15:20

      Hahahahaha, sorry, I meant - we believe you, wink, wink.

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-07-25 15:56

      Q: How do you know when an ANC spokesman is lying? A: He opens his mouth.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-25 16:04

      Alastair, by looking at them before their lips move you know they are thinking about the next one :-)

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-07-25 17:56

      "The decision was taken by doctors, on medical grounds, not political grounds." So the same doctors made a decision on medical grounds to turn away a poor unfortunate lady, about to die, if she didn't receive treatment... on medical grounds. You are lying thru your teeth, you dispicable ANC spokesman.

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-07-25 21:54

      They do not care if you believe it. They know that those who do not believe them does not vote for them, and that is the minority. The majority does not even know they do what they do."Most of us" are those who vote for other parties than the ANC and that is not enough to get them out. We need to inform and educate the rest.

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-07-25 14:49

    What a lot of bull....I no longer believe anything the ANC Government or its spokespeople spew out of their filthy little mouth's....

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-25 15:49

      So what took you so long. Was it something that was said

      rontheogre - 2012-07-25 17:54

      This gives new meaning to the opinion that criminals have more rights than honest citizens. Another kick in the teeth by our government.

  • thomas.zahradnik - 2012-07-25 14:50

    Well our former minister of health got a new liver when she needed one caused by alcohol related issues. She was still drinking in hospital. What do you really expect? I'm shocked that ladies son was shocked! Just look around, it's REALLY not unexpected.

  • julie.meissenheimer - 2012-07-25 14:54


  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-25 14:56

    Yeah right.....I believe you, thousands would'nt!!!! Tell the truth just for a change...

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-25 15:03


  • crazyjourno - 2012-07-25 15:20

    Hmmmm, guess selebi joined dr tshabalala and mbeki on their drinking sprees for far too long...

  • Gavin - 2012-07-25 15:34

    you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie you lie

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-25 15:44

    Cheats and liers, that's what they are...

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-07-25 15:46

    It's amazing how politicians and senior gov officials develop serious illnesses soon after(or before) being jailed or convicted of corruption... medical diagnosis... Shaik-Selebi syndrome... the ANC will soon push this through the Medical Research Council as a recognised terminal disease!

  • terence.wessels - 2012-07-25 15:47

    Lying,cheating,corrupt,cadre favouring,racist,uneducated,arrogant,tender grabbing,nepotism practising,communists hiding behind democracy. Wow. Nice ANC. The whole world knows how pathetic and useless your lying faces are. Its only a matter of time before someone will inform the illiterate masses you count on for votes,and the gravy train will end,and the country can heal. You thugs are the worst thing to ever happen to this country, and that's a fact. Yes I know you will bleat weakly about how its apartheids fault as usual, but its not, and even your own people are starting to see this. Please all commit suicide immediately. Then the good people of this country can rebuild what you have destroyed.

  • - 2012-07-25 15:47

    COME ON GUYS!!!!!!!! STOP BEING SO CRUEL!!!!! Selebi has to have this done!!! STOP BEING SO INSENSITIVE!!!!! or he will miss his golf game with Schabir Shaik.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-25 15:47

    "His doctor gave him the weekend off to be with his family. He will receive dialysis at home," Steve Biko hospital executive head Ernest Kenoshi told Beeld newspaper. ???????????????????????????? I would say he IS getting preferential treatment if he is getting his dialysis at home. What about the terminally ill who have to sit in a hospital and wait their turn or be sent home without treatment! This really STINKS.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-07-25 15:49

    It appears that drinking the finest whiskies leads to cirrhosis of the liver and impaired kidney function much sooner, when compared to the cheap stuff I drink... Amen, it's a good thing I can't afford to drink better! Viva cheap whisky viva!

      Pixie86 - 2012-07-25 15:57

      you're narrow minded. I've never had a sip of alcohol in my life and i have kidney issues!

      Mandy Casey - 2012-07-25 17:13

      Bad genes?

      bernard.ingram - 2012-07-25 17:40

      Shame Pixie86, stop breeding.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-07-25 15:54

    News24,y did u delete my comment?

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-25 15:55

    Why do they always use a spokesman, or are these people just part of jobs for friends. It is time they do away with this habbit and try speaking for themselves.

      Pixie86 - 2012-07-25 15:57

      such a stupid comment when every company has a PR unit!

      rontheogre - 2012-07-25 18:04

      The person that qualifies to be spokesman has to have the following qualifications: 1.Only put one foot in his mouth at a time. 2.Be able to speak with food in his mouth. 3.Believe his own lies or at least look sincere while he lies. 4.Most important criteria - be able to remember to give apartheid the fault when running out of lies or caught out.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-25 15:59

    Do we believe you?.......I think not!

  • clive.kihn - 2012-07-25 16:17

    Yeah, just like Mad Manto never jumped the liver transplant queue. These people are pathological liars.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-25 16:20

    Janse van Rensburg?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-25 16:22

    BULS**T ALERT!!!!! Read the first three paragraphs again. Denied claims of preference.... Department had no say..... Decisions made by doctors...... Does it not occur to this fool that doctors do also sometimes make preferential decisions, based on whatever they consider to be appropriate criteria!

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-07-25 16:34

    This is AFRICA, rules by corruption... tax paying citizens have no rights at all...

  • ever.ryman - 2012-07-25 17:03

    How the h*ll can we belieeeeve you, how the h*ll can we belieeeeeve you, how the h*ll can we believe you, you lie, you b*gger you lie....

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-07-25 17:16


  • Billy - 2012-07-25 17:18

    lies lies more damned lies

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-07-25 17:38

    F Y Selebi.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-25 17:52


  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-25 18:41

    a person that has been realy sick now get turned away, maybe she should have commit a crime

  • bmtthwala - 2012-07-25 19:40

    im black and this is bloody wrong tis africaner lady is more productive than selebi!selebi just doesnt dserve to b treated he should the lst on the list nationaly!its a shame

  • sean.goldie.9 - 2012-07-25 21:21

    The reason he was pushed to the front of the list was to insure his release on medical grounds, if he had to wait in line like law abiding citizens he would never have been released. What I don't understand is that he has a "terminal" disease, when dialysis actually does the job the kidneys would normally do. So where is this condition "terminal" he will probably outlive his comrades whilst receiving dialysis! Now had he been denied treatment like some law abiding citizens then he would surely be classified as "terminal" and have a short time to live. Then one might be able to understand why he would be given medical parole. Not that anyone in prison deserves it, whether political figures or not, they must rot in jail... ie that is where they must frek...

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-07-25 22:03

    Blah Blah Blah....

  • - 2012-07-26 10:35

    So there you go,and so there we have official confirmation that bro.Jackie did not rort the system and that bro Jackie did not jump any queues.Doubters please fess up!

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