'Incoherent' Selebi in prison hospital

2011-12-05 19:13

Johannesburg - Former police chief and ex-president of Interpol Jackie Selebi on Monday left hospital to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption, the national prosecuting authority (NPA) confirmed.

"I have been told that Selebi reported to Pretoria Central Prison accompanied by his lawyers and the investigating offer," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told to AFP.

Selebi arrived in prison in an ambulance.

"He is in prison hospital at the Pretoria Central Prison," said correctional services spokesperson Sibongile Khumalo.

Selebi who was reportedly incoherent and disoriented on arrival, is being held in the prison's infirmary, accompanied by his wife.

His lawyers had earlier tried in vain to obtain a court order to delay the start of his jail time, citing his poor health.

The disgraced former police boss collapsed on Friday upon hearing news that he had lost his appeal against his corruption conviction.

The former top cop was convicted last year of accepting cash and gifts, including from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, amounting to up to R1.2m in bribes over a five-year period.

All five appeals judges upheld evidence that annotations in Agliotti's chequebook referred to Selebi, and that the ex-police commissioner had shown his ally a secret British document on investigations into Agliotti's alleged drug-trafficking activities.

The ex-chief had to report to prison on Sunday morning, but his lawyers secured a temporary reprieve.

He was suffering from a long-standing medical condition, his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee told Sapa.

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 19:22

    Why is his wife allowed to console him???? Had it been me, they would throw me in a cell with the rest of the criminals. His act is pathetic!

      keonethebe - 2011-12-05 19:28

      zUMA IS NEXT

      Johan - 2011-12-06 08:24

      Now we as tax payers must support him... I say we must shoot this subhuman and send the bill for the firing squad to the family. Yes, zoema will get his day, one way or another.

      Philip - 2011-12-06 12:16

      @ Margie, There is no proof that any medical anything happened... some say stroke, others say dialysis, all the comments from those close to him say with fake faces is "he is very critical". a criminal is a criminal and needs to treated accordingly. the prison hospitals were good enough for dewani when they were trying to extradite him, why aren't they good enough for this muppet?

  • Grant - 2011-12-05 19:29

    If he is suffering, let his misery be short and save us some money - he has cost the SA population enough in both cash and loss of face already!

  • Jo - 2011-12-05 19:29

    I guess he thought it would never come to this and now he's a gibbering wreck. Didn't anyone else know about his dialysis or is this a "sudden" thing? Wish we could know the truth.

  • sas.kloppers - 2011-12-05 19:33

    ....reminds me of that Mafia Godfather Vinnie "the chin" Chiganto who also tried this nonsense. Either that, or he's scared for his "virginity".

  • Ian - 2011-12-05 19:38

    ugh in a month he will get a medical parole and will be out on the links with the shakey one and agolotti

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-05 19:49

    I thought he was going to the famous SUNCITY in SOWETO!!! Prison will help him trim his Obesity.

  • Mantsho - 2011-12-05 19:55

    People crime does not pay.this is the consequences.

  • desertratbkf - 2011-12-05 19:57

    Incoherent? This means he doesn't know where he is. SHOVE the criminal in a cell. Whats the difference? He wont know where he is anyway!!!!! Sick of the filth in this government!!!

  • Larry - 2011-12-05 20:00

    A bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label will do this, every time.

      Lisa - 2011-12-05 20:57

      LoL. Salutee!

  • Wally - 2011-12-05 20:00

    Selebi, you deserve a well-earned 15 year long rest. Enjoy!!

  • Sheik - 2011-12-05 20:00

    Terminal, bet he'll be out soon.

  • Sheik - 2011-12-05 20:03

    Malema next, I wonder what he'll come down with.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 21:17

      LOL LOL Probably diabetes. That is if he does some research on the subject for once!

      frikdt - 2011-12-06 07:48

      Well, he already had a trial-run (pardon the pun) - remember how he was suddenly taken ill when he had to appear for his disciplinary hearing?

      Theo - 2011-12-06 08:28

      Stroke ? or Parkinsons or Diabetic the doc's is still looking The symtoms to me is very clear. I dont need to be a Doctor it is Shabir sheikness it is very serious and very dangerous All the symtoms is there

  • Enlightened - 2011-12-05 20:04

    He's always been incoherent. What's difference anyway. All he has to do is sit in a 2x4 cell for the next 15 years and ponder over the shame of the people who were raped, murdered and were defrauded during his tenure. I don't even want to speak abut the international embarrassment with Interpol. This is a case of international dimensions and must be dealt with accordingly.

  • Erich - 2011-12-05 20:07

    Selebi's incoherency started when he was cross-examined at his trial.

  • Winsome - 2011-12-05 20:11

    It amazes me that he has never appeared ill before this - until he hears he has to go to jail - then he becomes this disoriented sick person. Will he recover just as quickly if he hears he has been released?

  • robyn.biddle - 2011-12-05 20:11

    Funny how history is repeating itself... relating here to shabir shaik.. who also suddenly took ill. It's all nonsense and if they are will, tough! They shouldn't be allowed any grace... they must go to prison and deal with the truth which they've tried to run away from! Corruption deserves punishment, whether the perpetrators are ill or not!

  • Warmonger - 2011-12-05 20:13

    Let his a$$ Rot in Jail...

  • Johan - 2011-12-05 20:17

    The wheel is turning, they are going back where they came from.......prison

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 21:27

      In that case Johan, the whole Nationalist Cabinet should have been jailed back in 1994, together with De Klerk, who also once upon a time voted for Apartheid. And we should have jailed Koornhof for sleeping across the colour lines. Didn't the Nationalists lock people up if they slept with any other race?

      Markrschulz - 2011-12-06 03:43

      Not after 1983. The immorality act and group areas act, along with many other petty acts dividing the races were repealed or modified in a new constitution. People say these were trifling and pathetic, but actually they were a compromise between progressive forces that recognized that apartheid was wrong, and the verkrampte bittereinders who thought that Vorster and Botha were too liberal. Anyway, it still split the NP down the middle. WHEN WILL PEOPLE GET IT THROUGH THEIR SKULLS? NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE SUPPORTED APARTHEID TO THE VERY END.

  • tlegodu - 2011-12-05 20:24

    sho!!!!!, your comments are so harsh, you angry neh, that's how are feel when i think of stinking apartheid,Yes now everyone knows that EVERYONE has to be punished for wrong doings

      Jerhone - 2011-12-05 21:34

      to Telgodu we are not angry neh, this one that was caught she is a small fish my broer,it makes us angry that the beeg fish is still swimming in the politics

  • emgro.natrology - 2011-12-05 20:30

    Hey Guys. Putting a 61 year old in jail is not going to serve any purpose what-so-ever. Strip him of all of his ill-gained wealth and force him to serve the community. I got some jobs for him. For instance putting Glen and some others behind bars. We need Ubuntu!

      Blip - 2011-12-05 20:55

      61 is young.

      Jerhone - 2011-12-05 21:40

      so is putting all those murderers and rapists in jail, the only people that are punished is the taxpayers, these courts brag about giving these vermin 3-5 lifetime sentences but the only ones that suffer are the taxpayers, it's less money for the really poor keeping the rubbish alive, then on the other hand it's less money for the government to steal

  • samgaf - 2011-12-05 20:34

    He is either faking it or he is on drugs.He wasted millions of tax payers money on his defence and now we must support him in a hospital.Shabir pulled the same trick and is now playing golf.In some countries their hands would have been chopped off.

  • - 2011-12-05 20:44

    There's a HUGE difference between PRISON and PRISON HOSPITAL. I bet he's gonna chill in the infirmary until they decide that he's too ill and should spend the remainder of his life receiving TLC from his close family and friends. 2 weeks later he'll be grazing the greens with a golf club in hand, assaulting journalists! Sounds familiar, doesnt it? Thats because it's the same old storyline just with a different cast!

  • Niek - 2011-12-05 20:49

    Watch this space. They will invent some incurable life threatening disease and he will be playing golf very soon

      Blip - 2011-12-05 20:56


  • Blip - 2011-12-05 20:53

    He's faking it. Just like he faked his police career. Faking and Shaiking.

  • Kenny - 2011-12-05 20:59

    He's finish and klaar.

  • Kenny - 2011-12-05 21:02

    The struggle icon is in prison...criminals are roaming around our streets. WTF.

      Jerhone - 2011-12-05 21:43

      now he's strugling to keep his virginity

      Cindy - 2011-12-06 08:19

      The "struggle icon" is in prison because he IS a criminal and the criminals are roaming the streets because the "struggle icon" was more concerned with lining his own pockets than performing his function as Commissioner of Police............

  • Jerhone - 2011-12-05 21:22

    He was suffering from a long-standing medical condition, his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee told Sapa, It's called bribe-alitis ,they should put this white money grabbing bitch in a cell next to him

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 21:31

      LOL LOL Jerone! You are just warming up for the night I see.

  • lioneldelange - 2011-12-05 22:23

    is he going to get an Oscar for this performance.

  • braamc - 2011-12-05 22:25

    Suddenly at deaths door, what a piece of filth

  • Zion - 2011-12-06 05:57

    Why all the ballyhoo over Selebi. The guy has been proven as a criminal and only deserves what he got. So too is it worthwhile to look to Cele and his doings. Also criminal acts although the government may exonerate him from all misdemeanour's. What is important here is to note that both police chiefs have been guilty of crime and exposed to temptation and taken it on for personal gain. One can only wonder at the mentality that placed both in high positions. Were we to superficially look at one of the comments then it is probably ok to do crime were you a freedom fighter. Therein lies the answer to most of South Africa's crime problems: Attitude.

  • Norah - 2011-12-06 06:01

    @markschulz, I didn't see our ranks in exile swelling with whites beating a path to our doors! From the images I saw on television at the time, I never saw one white face joining the ranks of the black youth during the Soweto Uprising in 1976, I never saw one white student callously gunned down by the racist white police! In my book that means they liked and enjoyed the benefits of apartheid. We blacks brought down apartheid and don't you ever forget that. True, we had some whites that joined our struggle, but gosh, they were few and far between. So, you have no lesson to teach us. Let's keep comments to the issues at hand in a mature way. We don't want to relive the painful past - don't force us to!

      Markrschulz - 2011-12-06 06:26

      So since I have never seen you protest child molestation on these fora I am free to suppose that you support and enjoy such activities... I haven't seen any photos or videos of you saying it's wrong; therefore you must believe it's right! Maybe I have a lesson to teach you in logical thinking. The absence of evidence that many whites did not support the apartheid regime is NOT the evidence of absence of such feelings. Your arguments from ignorance fail. As for your contention that "blacks brought down apartheid" I think you need to get over to Google and research these topics: "Cold War" "Fall of the Berlin Wall" "International Sanctions" "1992 Referendum" and lastly "Negotiated Settlement". Yes, 'rolling mass action' played a part but not the only, or most important part in apartheid's demise. I am not forcing you to relive your miserable past. You just refuse to let it go.

      Gregory - 2011-12-06 07:54

      Markrschulz for President. We need to rid ourselves of the banana image we have. Go Mark go - inspirational, well-versed.................

      George - 2011-12-06 09:48

      Norah, just for your information, I know of a few white people who did join the struggle and were killed by the very same people that they were supporting, so it was not safe for a white person to join in mass protests in those days

  • Kevin - 2011-12-06 06:12

    It's the White man's always...

      George - 2011-12-06 09:50

      Kevin you are so right 18 years after Apartheid and anything that goes wrong in this country is still the white mans fault, they must have somebody to blame.

      Dawn - 2011-12-06 11:50

      Correct 100%. Have you ever encountered a black who has screwed up and accepted resonsibilty for his actions?? Eish ! I think not. What concerns me though is, that mentality is now rubbing off on the whites. Is this a case of " if you can.t beat them , join them "

  • Kevin - 2011-12-06 06:17

    Incoherent from too much Blue Label one would think...?

  • jcarnecky - 2011-12-06 06:56

    Why is it that whenever it's time to face the music, these people are suddenly 'ill' and unable to to the time. C'mon its pretty pathetic....

  • Archie - 2011-12-06 07:49

    Selebe lost his moral compass ably helped by a lot of crooked people(whities included)Blue label caused his disorentation on the way to jail.When the voters open their eyes properly and see that currently ANC is just an extention of the Communist/marxist party (most ministers are communist)1 percent of the votes cast controlling 100 pwecent of the population.Lindiwe will become their next home Just think where it starts. a south african political party that can actually run the country,where there is emphasis law and order/political freedom/freedom of expression and all those values so dear to Mandelas dream of the new RSA each part of the triparteit alliance has its own agenda thats why they cant run this country effectively

  • Nyiks11 - 2011-12-06 08:30

    Apparently Jackie Selebi will get some " preferential treatment" in prison because he is an ex-member of the security cluster. I am of the opinion that the 15 year sentence is disproportionate to the crime , but then again it also sends a strong message to the would be criminals that not even the president of interpol can outrun the long arm of the law .

  • colleen.figg - 2011-12-06 09:50

    his wife is in the infirmary as well?

  • Dudleygbu - 2011-12-06 10:02

    nothing will give me greater pleasure than to see zuma experience the same fate, he is, after all, a corrupt, raping president, how sad is this state of affairs.....(puke)

  • Dawn - 2011-12-06 11:08

    " Incoherent " Is that the new spelling for "Alcohol" ????????

  • comrade.zondi - 2011-12-06 11:33

    Eish Strange why now this convicted criminal is sick. Up to the judgement he was healthy !!!!! Comrade Zondi

  • Philip - 2011-12-06 12:11

    He tried to pull a Shabir Shaik situation... how stupid does he think we are? its bad enough that he wont serve his full sentence, anybody that thinks he will needs to catch a wake up... at least he is there, it is bs that his wife and lawyers are allowed to be present though, he is a CONVICTED CRIMINAL, and should be treated that way.As well...what is an investigating OFFER? its interesting to see that they don't double check the articles before posting them!

  • Peter - 2011-12-06 13:07

    He was incoherent and disorientated whilst Police Chief and look what happened then!

  • Yvonne - 2011-12-06 13:52

    You are so right Ibhubesi. There are hundreds of prisoners dying of aids and other illnesses and their families can not console them in the prison hospital. So what makes Selebi special? There are prison wardens who can sit and hold his hand the whole day.

  • Nathi - 2011-12-06 14:06

    He has been upgared to Cell C

  • Michelle - 2011-12-12 14:39

    I think it is ridiculous how these people get away with it, they would throw me into prison with the other criminals he is doing anther shaik. Wake up South Africa

  • Michelle - 2011-12-12 14:40

    I think it is ridiculous, he is doing another shaik. If it were someone else they would have been locked up with the other criminals. Wake up South Africa

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