Jackie Selebi dies

2015-01-23 11:07
Jackie Selebi. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Jackie Selebi. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi has died aged 64, the African National Congress said on Friday.

"The department of correctional services has confirmed this to us," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

The corruption-convicted Selebi died on Friday morning.

Eyewitness News reported that Selebi's friend, Schabir Shaik said he heard the news this morning.

"I believe he's been in an induced coma for some time now for about two-and-a-half weeks. He finally passed on between late last night and early this morning I believe," he was quoted as saying.

"He was a good man," Shaik said.

"I have good memories when I worked with him at [ANC headquarters] Shell House in the early 90s. I recall him to be a good comrade."

His lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, confirmed his death to Sapa.

The former head of Interpol started serving a 15-year jail sentence in 2011, after being found guilty of corruption in 2010.

He was released on medical parole from Pretoria Central Prison after serving less than a year of his sentence. According to media reports, Selebi has suffered from diabetes and had kidney problems.

Born in Johannesburg in 1950, Selebi was married to Anne and had two children.

- Family and friends of Jackie Selebi are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

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