Jackie Selebi granted medical parole

2012-07-20 10:55

Pretoria - Corruption-convicted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi will be released from prison on Friday, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele announced in Pretoria.

"Mr Selebi will be going home today [Friday]," he told a media briefing in Pretoria.

"The department has limited capacity to provide for palliative care needed by some offenders," said Ndebele.

Palliative care meant he would be kept comfortable until his death, as there was no hope of him recovering.


An 11-member medical parole advisory board met on June 20 and recommended the release of six offenders, including Selebi, who needed dialysis for kidney failure.

"Six offenders were recommended for medical parole. Of these, two of the offenders were respectively released on the 9th and 12 of July 2012.

"Three offenders’ applications were turned down. Mr Jackie Selebi will be released today and another offender is expected to be released next week," Ndebele said.

"Three offenders died whilst the documentation was being processed."

Selebi was the president of Interpol at the time of the investigation into claims that he received money from convicted drug trafficker and police informer Glenn Agliotti.


He was convicted of corruption on July 2, 2010, and handed a 15-year jail sentence.

Selebi appealed against the corruption conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal. His appeal was denied.

In December 2011, he collapsed at home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, while watching the judgment on television.

The appeal outcome meant he had to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption. It was decided he would stay in Pretoria Central prison's medical wing indefinitely.

At the time he had not instructed his medical team to apply for medical parole. Selebi had also been trained to administer his own treatment. He suffered from diabetes and kidney disease.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-07-20 10:58

    I hang my head in shame..

      thokozane.maloka - 2012-07-20 11:02

      Me too, there is something very wrong with our justice system. No wait, what justice system. This is unbelievable.

      Willie - 2012-07-20 11:03

      I do not think it is possible for us in SA to control crime.Shame on comrades

      lulama.nokubeni - 2012-07-20 11:03

      i saw this coming

      christo.stone - 2012-07-20 11:05

      Same here... I hope he dies in the next few months...cause that's the only reason he should have received medical parole for...

      JaredVN - 2012-07-20 11:06

      Sick, shocking, bizarre, unacceptable, criminal, shameful, and that's just the repulsive cANCerous regime, not even Selebi. But hey, we will soon see Selebi's recovery, which the Vatican should promptly declare as a miracle, so let's not be too depressed.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-20 11:06

      He will be joining Shabir on the golf course now... Totally messed up justice system we have!

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-20 11:08

      He had uncontrollable 'shaiking' in the wrists. His doctors recommended a strict physiotherapy regime of playing golf and beating up 'nosy' reporters until he is well enough to resume signing fraudulent checks and point to the designer jackets that he wants his mobster friends to buy, without experiencing any pain.

      minenhle.ndebele.7 - 2012-07-20 11:08

      No surprise, that is what we expected.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-20 11:08

      This is what happens when you have friends in high places in the government! Corrupt bastards!

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-07-20 11:12

      If you can do the crime, you should do the time!!! they perfecting the medical parole for when Zuma goes to jail

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-07-20 11:29

      Who would have thought it, millions of R's in legal bills paid by the tax payer, to be found guilty and sentenced and then as with Shabby Sheik, medical parole, Zuma and his cronies are unstoppable. the ANC circus is making a mockery of us all

      Willie - 2012-07-20 11:30

      @wesley.nel.5 i agree look at transport toll gates!!!!! this man is got a bad magic hand

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-07-20 11:31

      And all the time, I thought Selebi was a TOUGH cop. I am surprised. Can one of the blue light brigades not frequently drive past his house to politely knock him back to bed if he looses direction?

      rbphiri - 2012-07-20 11:33

      The Medical Advisory Board member, Doctor Victor Ramathesela, says Selebi suffers from end stage renal disease as a complication of diabetes and receives dyalisis three time a day. His being released today! his probably playing golf with Schabir butthole Shaik ass we speak. Our country is truly a banana republic, if an ordinary citizen of my calibur ere in the same position as butthole Selebi, i would only get medical parole when I'm dead.

      george.dinta - 2012-07-20 11:34

      This is worse, we spent about R30m to arrest this man. what a waste

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-20 11:38

      And so it carries on and on and on...and the masses just keep on voting for them...Funny old country hey..?? Have a banana...

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-20 11:43

      What is the point of conviction, if these guys (Shaik included) can just go home on medical parole? But people that are imprisoned because of possession of marijuana must stay in prison for years. Seriously f*cked up

      Bryan - 2012-07-20 11:45

      Never saw this one coming!!!! This is a disgrace to what is left of our justice system!!! Bet this old prick will be playing golf in 6 weeks!!

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-07-20 11:48

      I predict a Medical Miracle Recovery is in the making !

      helmut.smrz - 2012-07-20 12:00

      There Out before there going In

      mark.tunstall.18 - 2012-07-20 12:08

      Pay your party membership and qualify for, not only a free T shirt, a guaranteed job for life (where your performance or lack thereof will never be questioned), immunity from accountability, grants for whatever your heart desires. And that is not all you get, as a card carrying member enjoy the long term service benefit of "Get out of jail free" card (HCICJ - hand caught in cookie jar) which can be redeemed at any of our correctional facilities. You will be embraced by your comrades in arms (crime) who understand your plight and who are prepared to fight your fight. We at the ANC are "making a difference". Disgusting!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-20 12:11

      AnthonyofAfrica. It is people like you who create these problems. Hang your head in shame.

      jaco.faling - 2012-07-20 12:19

      Obviously they WANT to make a joke of the justice system. Well done!!

      Richard - 2012-07-20 12:20

      Thank you for rewarding endemic SA corruption and undermining the judiciary, members of the medical parole board: Dr Dr Victor Ramathesele, (the chairperson), Dr Angelique Coetzee (vie chairperson), Dr Sylvan Seane, Dr Langa Maphumulo, Dr Abel Maminze, Dr Siyolo Solombela, Dr Botwekazi Mgudlwa, Marmol Stoltz, Dr Tsatsi Thekisho and Dr Tiny Mhinga (medical parole board as of 1 March 2012). YOU HAVE MADE SA PROUD!!! Or maybe you, should hang your collective heads with a shared brain cell amongst you in shame....

      sarel.koen - 2012-07-20 12:26

      He has a very important golf game with Shabir Shaik tomorrow before flying down to the coast for a holiday...... (remember he is still receiving his salary, it was never stopped.)

      farmfreund - 2012-07-20 12:28

      i think he will be dying with in 40 years

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-20 12:30

      Thiswas NEVER an if-only a when! Just like schaik,he is "dying" and will live another 50 damned years. Justice system in this country is up cadres @$$e$!!!

      bond.ndalo - 2012-07-20 12:35

      I knew he will be out in no time.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-20 12:42

      Yup. Another "win" for scum.

      leon.puth - 2012-07-20 12:44

      @timmy.khethani . Wouter Basson is no 'Folk hero'. that is BS. glen aglioti has not been convicted by a court of law. Whites respect a court of law. regardless though, i personally believe they both belong behind bars but until a court decides that, i cannot judge agliotti. Selebi has been convited\, failed to appeal, and sentenced, so he has no excuse.

      freddie.miff - 2012-07-20 12:47

      Expect to see him on a golf course near you soon, with Shabby Shaik et al.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-07-20 12:52

      There are a number of issues that need to be taken into account here! 1) Somebody mentioned that he might still be being paid, If that is correct, then that is a disgrace and a matter for the public protector. 2) has the money for his legal fees been recovered , as I recall it is R12m plus. If not this is a matter for the public protector! 3) How come other criminals cannot get medical parole and often die in custody. The ANC cronies seem to manage to get out very easily. This is another matter for the public protector, as there can be no favouritism when it comes to criminals !

      Richard - 2012-07-20 12:52

      Timmy.Khetani & Bambanani: A couple of points: 1) Selebi was not acquitted - he was found guilty of corruption and sentenced accordingly; and 2) Corruption hurts us black people collectively more, because the resources which are collected by government which is to be utilised to create a better life for all and redress the past is pilfered/ stolen/ misused... (need more synonyms); 3) All criminals regardless of skin colour should be in jail... I have no more sympathy for a white criminal than I do for a black criminal

      freddie.miff - 2012-07-20 12:55

      They are all corrupt, the whole lot of them. The ANC cannot function without corruption, it is part of the organisational culture. Paternalism rules. Stuff the citizens.

      Tito - 2012-07-20 13:32

      Unbelievable. There is absolutely bloody no value system in this country. The masses deserve what they get, but the time bomb is ticking, people won't tolerate this kind of thing forever...

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-20 14:28

      AnthonyfromAfrica - Mr Agliotti was tried by your government, thats why he walks free...maybe paid the right folks..?? Who cares..??

      Preshen - 2012-07-20 14:58

      Prison Break SA

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 16:14

      Timmy, Don't like your gaddafi photo, but otherwise, your comment is SPOT ON !!!!

      tw2066 - 2012-07-20 17:58

      Shoosh makes a good point - although I see both derby Lewis and Selebi as crminals ,,, there is definetely the question of double standards ....

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 19:09

      Bloodbane, Grown ups?????????? You must be kidding, looking at your photo, you look like a 9 year old boy, spun out of control !!!!! !

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 08:03

      At times, I wonder, if Glen Agliotti is a shareholder in!! Whenever I make a comment, with his name mentioned, it gets deleted. HOW have 487 comments, EVERY ONE saying the same !! Seems more like a 'happy clapper' gathering !!!!

  • steve.impala.75 - 2012-07-20 10:58

    Why am I not surprised???

      citizen.kane.35 - 2012-07-20 11:09

      The Friday Farce- Breaking news -jackie Selebi has been granted medical parole, 'rise o lazarus rise' He's meeting up with Shabir Shaik for a round of golf later to compare notes on the best performance by a 'dying corrupt connected ANC cadre'

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-07-20 11:14


      lorrainesuh - 2012-07-20 11:19

      We expected this to happen, what a sick justice we have in SA.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-20 11:44

      Is there no end to this corruption, we are going down the tubes faster by the minute, not sure where this is all going to end.

      Junebugg - 2012-07-20 12:16

      ANC is so predictable SMFHHIWS

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 13:09

      ANC f***s are unique in this regard, it's the only people that can finish a 18 hole course while on their death bed

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-20 15:52

      What about Clive Derby Lewis who has cancer, why has he not been granted a medical parole? Oh silly me I forgot that he is a whitey so doesn't qualify under the ANC rules.

  • ferero.roche.96 - 2012-07-20 10:59

    Why am I not surprised... Failure again from our system.... free for all ELITE

      Press - 2012-07-20 11:52

      No failure - he is booked with a fourball with me for next Monday morning . . . . . . .

  • luyolo.mgodi - 2012-07-20 10:59

    WOW South Africa. Just WOW!!

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-20 14:12

      Is Shabir still alive.????

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-20 10:59

    Laws grind the poor, and rich/connected men rule the law.

  • procold2 - 2012-07-20 11:00

    Will be on the golf coarse on sunday morning and be having a welcome home braai and dops for all the buddies

  • boownz - 2012-07-20 11:00

    who did not see this one coming?!?

      Msika - 2012-07-20 13:01

      Not me!!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-20 11:00

    As was predicted. Just another one. And so it will continue. Zimbabwe the second.

  • betsy.dorris - 2012-07-20 11:00

    Isn't Schabir Shaik supposed to be dead by now? How long can you live if you are terminally ill? He should prove it and die. Or else he can go back to jail.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-20 11:05

      Playing golf has saved his life

      p.borchard - 2012-07-20 11:08

      So funny that he was healthy until he realised that the case would not just 'disappear'. Then he went into freefall. Wonder who will make up the 4 ball .....

      LDivaCantrelle - 2012-07-20 11:11

      lmao betsy...

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-07-20 11:00

    Surprised it took so long!

  • Richard - 2012-07-20 11:00

    ... and South Africa slides just a little further down into the gutter.

  • thokozane.maloka - 2012-07-20 11:01

    LOL! WOW! I can't say I'm surprised.

  • shengeboy - 2012-07-20 11:01

    c'mon now, we all knwe it was bound to happen...

  • andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-20 11:01

    Thanks for the details, News24. From what I've read on EWN it's due to "“He suffers from end stage renal disease. He is receiving dialysis three times a day. He more than qualifies for medical parole," said Ndabele." Now, if it's a sham or not, that remains a different matter entirely.

      andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-20 11:47

      I see the article has finally been updated. The above was posted before the specifics were included.

      merilyn.byershorton - 2012-07-20 12:50

      End stage renal requires dialysis 3 times a week, not a day. They are over exaggerating his treatment to justify his release!!

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-07-20 13:09

      No Merilyn, full renal failure patients require dialysis once per day. But I do agree with you, that that is not 3 times per day, which is a blatant overstating and embelishment of the treatment required.

  • Bernadette - 2012-07-20 11:02

    Ohh my word this country is a Yoke!!! Disgusted

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-20 11:02

    We are a democracy only on paper. Animal Farm in reality

  • mastersvoice - 2012-07-20 11:02

    South Africa will remember Jacob Zuma for generations to come as this country's worst president, Apartheid era included.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 11:47

      What a boring site, everybody agrees with one and other!!!!!!

      chadjason.wilson - 2012-07-20 12:28

      Ok Anthony, what are Zuma's achievements?

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-07-20 12:38

      @AnthonyfromAfrica - Maybe the fact that everyone is agreeing with everyone, is that for once, not many of the "trolls" are on talking sh*t ..

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 16:19

      Wilsowill ""Ok Anthony, what are Zuma's achievements?"" Too many to mention in this short space!! But, surely for you; That he got rid of Julius Malema But it are the ignorant ones like you, who will see to it that he comes back!! Dumber that that, is almost impossible !!!!

      mastersvoice - 2012-07-20 18:23

      Anthony - Hitler also achieved wonderful things as the German "Fuhrer". He is not remembered for those, now is he...

      alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-07-20 19:00

      @Anthony. The achievement you mentioned, the expelling of Malema, was an action taken by a POLITICAL PARTY. How about an achievement of GOVERNMENT under the leadership of Zuma? Decent education for all? Housing? Decreased unemployment? The elimination of corruption? Decreased crime levels? Decent health care? Now that I think of it, there was that FIFA run sporting event and effective removal of a painting from a gallery wall. The lives of South Africans were drastically improved when a new painting was put on the wall, everybody is warm this winter now and children are sitting at their desks learning from their textbooks.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-20 11:02

    We all knew it would happen, it was just a matter of time. Shocking and disgusting. This old fart should stay locked up for the rest of his life and then some! EPIC FAILURE!!!

  • linda.trinkies - 2012-07-20 11:02

    Amazing how they all get sick when they go to jail, but were fine before!!

      jabustone - 2012-07-20 11:20

      I give up with our fake leaders. They are beyond repair.

      alfie.cable - 2012-07-20 20:27

      They get sck of jail

  • robynnekim.els - 2012-07-20 11:03

    They should start a thing when if you get medical parol you get a limited time to die and if you haven't dropped dead by the deadline they haul your backside back to prison! Wishful thinking I guess.

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-07-20 11:10

      i LOVE it... and i agree. Good one Robynnekim

      Jazzy - 2012-07-20 20:53

      they did it in Egypt with Mubarak. We need a few lessons!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-07-20 11:03


  • ian.wilkinson.9235 - 2012-07-20 11:04

    embarrasing...absolutely embarrasing

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-20 11:04

    Wonder how much has to do with the DA's probe into Zuma's charges being dropped. Scary stuff this ANC government!!! Why don't ALL prisoners qualify for medical parole? Or is that still coming?

      jwdupreez - 2012-07-20 12:44

      Try telling that to Eugene De Kock.!!

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-20 11:04

    Please DA expose them! I am so sick and tired of this boetie boetie crap! Shabir should of been dead by now instead he is playing golf

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-07-20 11:05


  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-20 11:05

    Bwahahahahaaaaaaa.... Republic of Bananaland!!! Zimbabwe is better than this bananaland!!!

      edwardsch - 2012-07-20 14:49

      Good Bye Zimbo. Have a good trip home!!!!

  • hercules.erasmus.1 - 2012-07-20 11:06

    Will the same treatment be granted to normal citizens (non ANC high profile) as well. What a disgrace! Will we see Selebi on the golf course next week?

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-07-20 11:08

      That 4 ball has been booked already! SHOCKING.

  • deon.rossouw.56 - 2012-07-20 11:06

    Now he will get well soon, mark my words!

  • wil.kapstok - 2012-07-20 11:06

    He should phone Shabir for some golf, they should be single figure handicappers by the end of the year. Crime does pay if your are a ANC cronie. Oh Africa when will you learn.

      Maxi - 2012-07-20 11:09

      I fully agree. I am sorry if he is sick but so supposedly was Shabir! As in previous comments we all knew this was going to happen given his antics at his trial!

      shane.voide - 2012-07-20 11:20

      Nope they will not learn, this is why we going down the drain

  • Waldo - 2012-07-20 11:06

    Shocking. Once again SA will make international news for the wrong reason. When will the masses open their eyes?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-20 12:15

      Waldo, the masses won't know, they are too busy trying to keep their shacks and belongings dry.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-20 11:07

    Oh surprise, surprise. Who would have thought ......? Guess he's now going to take up golf too!

      shane.voide - 2012-07-20 11:20

      and paining lol

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-20 12:31

      Golf is such an amazing cure-all, Look how it 'fixed' Schaik. Just imagine what a healthy bunch of prisoners we'd have in SA if they all were allowed to learn, and play golf as part of their sentence?

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-07-20 11:07

    2 more and shabir has a weekly fourball

  • LDivaCantrelle - 2012-07-20 11:07

    WOW!! Zuma?!! REALLY???.. Jackie must have promised to spill the beans on his comrades if they dont release him.. yohh this is a very very sad day for SA!!

  • Commodore.Bongani.Mahlangu - 2012-07-20 11:07

    All I can say is interesting.... I hope all sick prisoners will get medical parole.

  • Rob Allen - 2012-07-20 11:08

    Ag FFS

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-07-20 11:08

    I knew it this is ridiculous

  • smalefane - 2012-07-20 11:08

    How about a around of golf next month Mr Selebi? I'm quite sure Mr Shaik will be keen to join us. Ag, sies Correctional Services!!!

  • khanya.mlozana - 2012-07-20 11:09

    zuma's government again, we r tired of u, y can't u just step down n give kgalema a chance, the worst president of my life time

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-20 11:48

      Yeah Kgalema seems like he is intelligent and has morals and ethics.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-20 12:17

      Wesley, Kgalema goes where the wind blows. How can that help?.

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-07-20 11:09

    What about Clive Derby Lewis who has CANCER? This is so WRONG!!!!!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-20 12:17

      Julie, Clive Derby Lewis is white, that's the difference.

      edwardsch - 2012-07-20 14:53

      He doesn't know how to play golf so cannot be part of the fourball. Maybe they should offer him the position of caddie. Now that would be a real turn around for you!!!!!

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-07-20 11:09

    nothing more to say than UNBELIEVABLE!!

  • Mike - 2012-07-20 11:09

    Unbelievable, this an insult to all law abiding SA citizens.

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-07-20 11:10

    Not unexpected...

  • karin.schoeman.9 - 2012-07-20 11:10

    It was only a matter of time, we knew it was going to happen!!!!!

  • shirley.schlange - 2012-07-20 11:10

    Julian I agree, we should all hang our heads in shame!!!! What a sad day for society.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-20 11:10

    This horrid little man is a sleazy cowering wimpering scumbag, if he had any honour he would have waited to die in a comfortable private hospital bed with his family and loved ones around him, whilst serving his sentence for abusing the trust of the world, protecting criminals and stealing from his people.

  • tresso.sven - 2012-07-20 11:11

    There is a surprise.......I am ashamed to live in a Country where the Law only Applies to people that are NOT card carrying members of the ANC

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-20 11:11

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!! I love this country! ROFL

  • neil.kroese - 2012-07-20 11:11

    The leadership of this country has NO respect for their people, they treat us like the fools they think we are.I suppose I'm being racist again...There is no banana fitting to describe this republic...Credo of our Dept of Education..Keep them stupid and uninformed...and the ANC will rule as long as they want to.

  • mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-07-20 11:11

    so this is a trend in SA, pretent to be ill in jail and you go out of jail free?

  • thasmeel.singh - 2012-07-20 11:12

    another leaf out of shaik's book. i wont be surprized if we see selebi livint it up like his fellow former inmate shaik.