Jackie Selebi on dialysis - report

2011-12-07 09:10

Johannesburg - Former police chief Jackie Selebi is responding well to treatment in a Pretoria prison hospital, a correctional services official has confirmed.

His condition is being closely monitored at the prison's clinic, correctional services spokesperson Zacharia Modise said.

It remains unclear how long he will remain in the clinic and if he will be moved to another healthcare facility for treatment.

Eyewitness News reported on Wednesday that it understands Selebi is currently undergoing dialysis treatment and may be in need of a new kidney.

Modise would not confirm what Selebi is being treated for, but said a state doctor and a private doctor are treating him.

Selebi collapsed at home on Friday after hearing that his appeal against his 15-year jail sentence had been dismissed.

  • Hermann - 2011-12-07 09:16

    I feel sorry for the guy healthwise, but glad to see he is within the confines of the correct establishment.

      jrheeder - 2011-12-07 09:24

      Has this clown paid back the money he stole from South Africa? Pay back what you stole, then use you OWN money to try feign illness.

      StarStruck - 2011-12-07 09:41

      Ag please. Get real. We live in SA. For as long as the ANC is in power there will be no accountability. Jackie Selebi is just the tip of the iceberg.

      sizwe - 2011-12-07 09:49

      @jrheeder, I don't know if he stole money hey. He was charged for accepting bribes from a criminal last I heard. I don't know but maybe try knowing what you're talking about before you blab all over the interweb. I think the AFU has also put a freeze on his assets or are busy doing so. I think your comment sounded very uninformed, but then again I could be wrong, but I doubt that

      jrheeder - 2011-12-07 09:55

      @sizwe: where do you think the money that was used to solicit the bribe came from?

      daryltt - 2011-12-07 10:42

      They must take good care of him. He has to last the 15 years.

      steve.dupreez - 2011-12-07 10:44

      Reminds me of a pervious Health Minister - now passed away and who loved the africa potato, beetroot and whiskey - who went from nowhere to #1 on the transplant list some years ago. You want to see a speedy recovery?? Give this dude medical parole and he'll be playig golf within a week. Golf - the miracle cure

      jpwestwood - 2011-12-07 11:38

      @jrheeder: As sizwe said...he didn't steal any money. He took bribes from Glenn Aggliotti - a private businessman - so no money to pay back.

      jrheeder - 2011-12-07 12:07

      ok, and how did Glen Aggliotti come about his funds? Just because the money he received through the bribe was stolen by someone else doesnt make it clean money.

      Johnnys_Place - 2011-12-07 12:43

      So, the money generated from his assets are going where ??

      Kala - 2011-12-07 13:11

      @Johnnys_Place - Apparently to settle the legal bills which I understand run into the millions. Just for the record. A human being can function normally with just one kidney. And now that Selebi is in a state hospital we can all bend over whilst we take it up the rear and fork out for his medical bills.

      Johnnys_Place - 2011-12-07 13:30

      @Kala... good stuff !! Something like R15m I believe ?

  • Olive - 2011-12-07 09:17

    Oh so all of a sudden - he collapses with kidney failure only when he hears that he is going to jail - the whole World must be laughing at the New South Africa - I wonder what political party he is - oh yes ANC LOL

      Ryan - 2011-12-07 09:28

      amazing that he needs treatment the day he is to be incarcerated

      Errol - 2011-12-07 09:52

      Its what the VERY fabric of the ANC is all about.Lie,steal,lie,steal....and if all fails steal a lie.I'm feel so sorry for anyone who votes for this desperate morally and constitutionally sick bunch of thugs!!!

      procold2 - 2011-12-07 10:43

      olive in one of the earlier reports they said the state doesnt have the facility for people over 50 that need dialysis,guees what.

      christel.snodgrass - 2011-12-07 10:43

      @Ryan - actually, he's been receiving dialysis treatment for a while, which was also the reason he wasn't in court on the day but watching the judgement from home. The guy is really sick and the problem is that correctional services don't treat kidney failure long term, therefor he'll have to be moved to a private hospital at some stage. Which I think is pretty unfair - given millions of inmates are sick but receive treatment at the prison clinic.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-07 09:17

    He must not be moved to any other hospital........he must stay in prison

      Thabiso - 2011-12-07 11:59

      "Selfe said Selebi could possibly be released on medical parole if he can prove that he needs kidney dialysis, since the state does not provide this treatment for patients older than 50." Chances are he will be moved to another hospital ad worse get medical parole. Amazing though how the ailment was not known all along... - 2011-12-07 12:28

      @Shanna I dont condone what this man did however you must be realistic if this was your dad or brother with such a medical condition would you be saying the same statement. We need to enforce the rule of law but not lose the plot!!

      Henk - 2011-12-07 13:22

      Thabiso, agreed. I have a nagging feeling that there is nothing wrong with him. They went through a list all the illnesses and selected one that will get him out without it looking like another Shabir Shaik case. I bet if you go into the dialysis room you will find him as healthy as a horse without a tube in sight. He'll be out in a jiffy.

      Kala - 2011-12-07 17:43 - I'm pretty sure you have lost the plot. Do you honestly believe that Shabir has a terminal disease that justified him getting medical parole. If he has done the crime (which he has) then he must do the time. I'm sure you would be whistling a different tune if he had stolen the money from you.

      Kala - 2011-12-07 17:45

      @Shanna - In a state hospital his medical bills are paid by us, the tax payers. If he is on medical parole and goes to a private hospital then the bills will have to be settled by him.

  • Michael - 2011-12-07 09:20

    Whatever.... and we should start believing this crook NOW???? WTF!!!

  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-07 09:23

    Mmm. Side effect from all the JW and Hennesey.

  • Shipingana - 2011-12-07 09:24

    "undergoing dialysis treatment and may be in need of a new kidney"- Perfect ticket to evade jail. There is nothing you can do pellies cause the legal team will make sure that its the status of his health condition. Eish...!!

  • FreemasonWill - 2011-12-07 09:27

    interesting. the one thing that can get him medical parole a la Shabir Shaik is renal failure ...

      Donna - 2011-12-07 14:36

      more like penal failure in this country.

  • Cuthbert - 2011-12-07 09:28

    Don't worry JS you will get the best treatment possible from us... taxpayers but remember cops don't do well in prisons as criminal bay for revenge. So be careful "in" there.

  • Chris - 2011-12-07 09:30

    Very convenient that he has developed a kidney issue. Dialysis is one of the few diseases / treatments not covered by the government for people over 50 or 55 years of age.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 11:55

      Really not good that the government has the power to decide who lives and who dies. 'Cos you're old you must pay for it yourself or just die? And this is a government that doesn't believe in the death penalty yet they allow abortion and refuse treatment to criminals based on age? Hypocrites.

  • Leon - 2011-12-07 09:30

    Why didn't we hear of him going to hospital before....?

  • Piet - 2011-12-07 09:33

    Free medical.......Thanks SA taxpayer!!!

  • Koos - 2011-12-07 09:34

    see jackie..... help is available in prison.... just funny that nothing was mentioned before he collapsed!

  • Thuthuka - 2011-12-07 09:35

    "Selebi collapsed at home on Friday after hearing that his appeal against his 15-year jail sentence had been dismissed." :D, what impeccable timing this man's kidney has. So precise.

  • Kraken - 2011-12-07 09:39

    Why is this news? He is in prison. Move on.

      Leon - 2011-12-07 09:42

      I agree PLEASE let the man rot in peace!

  • Wes - 2011-12-07 09:40

    Yesterdays headline "Shaik parole loophole won't help Selebi" “The chances of his being granted medical parole are almost zero.” Selfe said Selebi could possibly be released on medical parole if he can prove that he needs kidney dialysis, since the state does not provide this treatment for patients older than 50.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-12-07 10:47

      So there we go, medical parole will be granted. Within a matter of months.

  • Oceanh - 2011-12-07 09:47

    What a load of BS, it was reported on monday that the only only grounds that a inmate can get medical parole would be because of kidney problems, cause the state will not pay for this, if the inmate is over 50. Now all of a sudden , he has kidney problems and needs dialysis BULL

      Patsy - 2011-12-20 10:23

      I know a woman of 80 who is as spry as anything on 20% of only one kidney. Bet she couldn't get a transplant or even dialysis. But then she's not a politician nor a crook......

  • seanwebs - 2011-12-07 09:55

    It is very suspicious that only upon hearing that his appeal was declined that his health has deteriorated to such an extent that he now requires dialysis??? Was he not ill before???? Why is the state not recovering the millions spent on the defence of a guilty person???

  • Percy - 2011-12-07 09:58

    I feel carrots for him.... being in cahoots with gangsters, thugs and villians and pillaging the state coffers for his own ill gotten gains.... do the country a favour, pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow and save US the taxpayers your stupid medical bill

  • Larry - 2011-12-07 09:58

    I can not work out why the dialysis is only needed now? Perhaps its to wean him off top shelf liquor. I sure dont feel sorry for him and can not escape the feeling that he is doing a Sheik shake down?

  • jhavenga1 - 2011-12-07 09:59

    Pulling out all the Stops hey.......

      George - 2011-12-07 13:46

      Agree, time to pull the plug

  • Giuliano - 2011-12-07 10:04

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAH WTF all of a sudden this crook is in need of dialysis. step aside Shabir . rather spend the money on orphaned kids and homeless people than to waste it on his so-called treatment

  • Mathapelo - 2011-12-07 10:07

    i hate to say this but i feel sorry for the old man, he should b at home watching his grand kids grow but instead he was just a greedy old man.

  • Stephen - 2011-12-07 10:07

    When I saw he was admitted to Jakaranda Hospital I thought he may be suffering from kidney problems. I hope he gets to wait on the transplant list like the rest of us (I have been waiting 5 years so far). He should be able to pay for the procedure.....

      Mathapelo - 2011-12-07 10:10

      Ahahahahahaha....good one hey, he has to wait on a que aswell.

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-07 11:12

      He wont have to wait. He's above the law remember? Much like the vegetable woman ex Minister of Health with a liver. Got it immediately!

      Marion - 2011-12-07 11:57

      Sorry to hear that you are waiting for a new kidney Stephen. Hope that you aren't too far down the list. I think it was said that any treatment he needs from a private hospital he must pay for. I feel sorry for him but do not believe that he should get any preferential treatment. If he gets a new kidney soon then the Organ Donor organization should go to the constitutional court to fight for the rights of people like yourself.

  • Deon - 2011-12-07 10:13

    The good news is he is improving and thus not terminal, enjoy your long stay.

  • mikeangell61 - 2011-12-07 10:13

    All of a sudden He needs dialyasis so why did he not have it before this time? I smell another rat!!

      George - 2011-12-07 13:47

      He thinks he can come clean now

  • malcolm - 2011-12-07 10:15

    Bugger colonialist treatment. Send him a witch doctor.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 12:03

      @Thuthuka... I think the answer to your question is no.

  • Gavin.Meiring1 - 2011-12-07 10:33

    Come on guys. Tis the season to be jolly! Jackie has to get his stamina back for his stint in the big house! The Seleb thinks his brain is this big - 0, but his brain is only this big - o. When he goes to jail, his bum will start off this big - o and will end up this big - 0. Enjoy the party - I hear its going to be on you!!!

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-12-19 16:09

      Why does your mind and tongue take you to another man's anus? Of all the thousands and thousands words in the English language, these are the ones you decided on? Ga!

  • Koos - 2011-12-07 10:41

    Great timing - Do they think we're stupid?

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-07 10:55

      I actually think they do! If the lot of them SHARED one more brain cell, they would bark!

  • desertratbkf - 2011-12-07 10:43

    Its a great pity he is responding "well" to dialysis. He should be rotting in a cell, with all the other prison filled trash!

  • joshua.ndou - 2011-12-07 10:44

    If ever you are thinking to end crime that will never happen. They have been employed with digininy to do a desent job. If it is starting on the Top management what about the lower management. We will never end crime, the people we supporse to trust are the one who are the criminal of the city. Its just a long live to crime long live. Anyway there nothing we can do, life have to go on.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 12:06

      @joshua ... there is something one can do. If we don't already do so we can change who we vote for in the next elections. By motivating our reasons (for voting for someone other than ANC) in an informed and articulate manner those of us who see the rot and abhor it may be able to start turning the tide.

      Philisiwe Msomi - 2011-12-07 13:39

      @joshua crime wl always b there even if we changed our votes@....if u think u wl have a crime free sa if u change a vote u might as well kill urself now! Bt i do believe it wl decrease if we all do wht we have to do!!!

  • ayanda.manqele - 2011-12-07 11:06

    these politicians are getting paid high salaries but still NOT satisfied, i think this Comrade must serve his sentence, its only 15years!

  • Neil - 2011-12-07 11:31

    Hopefully its DIE alysis...

  • Craig - 2011-12-07 11:51

    @ sizwe ... dont be shortsighted boet .. his appeal cost 17 bar who paid for that ? His medical treatment is costing taxpayers ie myself and you (if you work) money. 3 His incarceration doesnt come free brother and i am pretty sure he has himself a fully kitted out 5 star cell with a round the clock medical team who pays for that .. Ever heard of peripheral vision ?

      Craig - 2011-12-07 12:00

      Not to mention the more then plausible reason for his need for kidney dialysis, more then likely his love for the high life accompanied by the finest blue label and cristal eh... again for which we now need to fit the bill, it really is rather disgusting in my humble opinion !

  • Marion - 2011-12-07 11:53

    If he needs a kidney transplant let one of his family members donate the kidney. Otherwise he must join the long long queue not get one the way a certain Minister of Health, apparently with a drinking problem, got a new heart.

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-07 12:22

      I thought she had a liver transplant??!

      Craig - 2011-12-07 12:22

      liver :} .. she was heartless

      Marion - 2011-12-07 14:06

      @derekneilmachlachlan... sorry, liver transplant. So much to keep track of brain gets a bit addled at times. @Craig... lol...

  • Andrea - 2011-12-07 12:22

    How the f*ck do you get kidney problems from bad news???

      Craig - 2011-12-07 12:34

      he probably just has the shaiks

      George - 2011-12-07 13:49

      you gotta be kidding

  • Sad Sack - 2011-12-07 12:39

    Don't be surprise if we spot him in the same fourball at the country club with old Shaik in the next month or two. Being a golfer myself, somedays golf is a harder punishment than watching TV in your cel.

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  • yummyhamster - 2011-12-07 13:30

    how many people are waiting for kidneys? how many children ? and this clown WILL jump the line and in the end because kidney failure can cause a persons demise if untreated etc he will be given a medical parole even if he makes a full recovery.. how pathetic is this country ???

  • comrade.zondi - 2011-12-07 13:36

    Eish Skande - poor selebi. We hope he only gets well after release from prison being terminal of course. Then he can go and play golf with his fellow convicted criminal shaik. Comrade Zondi

  • phillipa.mill - 2011-12-07 13:48

    All of a sudden he needs a new kidney and needs to be put on dialysis treatment. Please wake up !!!! Get Jub Jub to give him a new kidney then they can both sit in jail...

  • Janice - 2011-12-07 14:01


  • clem.human - 2011-12-07 14:14

    why waste money on this rotten crook? Why not help the poor who at least contribute to society in a meaningful and honest way. Whenever these scum are caught, they suddenly become ill - remember Shaik?

  • Mcebisi - 2011-12-07 14:49

    so. jail makes him sick..... he used to take people there, um sure they are gonna be sick together now!

  • jack.kukard - 2011-12-07 14:53

    Do they really think we are idiots... they all have excuses we all of a sudden he needs a new kidney....what a joke...

  • Kevin - 2011-12-07 15:08

    Right! Here's how we do it from now on........ Any crim sentenced to jail who then falls ill, is immediately euthanised. Saves time, money and sets a good example for the next corrupt one. Alternatively, we use them for medical research, because Schabir is looking fantastic these days!

  • Michael - 2011-12-07 15:11

    How much is his medical attention costing us? Criminals get immediate medical treatment, but Mrs Morris, 65yo mother, grandmother, and contributing tax-paying member of society for 45 of those years suffers at home with no attention - mainly because she didn't commit a crime. Very clever Selebi - that's one way to have someone else pay for your medical expenses.

  • Michael - 2011-12-07 15:29

    @ jpwestwood and Sizwe. Taking a bribe is not "theft" per se, however it DOES fall under "unjust enrichment", ill-gotten gains. Theft/bribe potato potato tomato tomato - he's a filthy crook, and he should pay back the bribe - how is it that people caught taking bribes don't have to pay the money back?????

  • Cina - 2011-12-07 16:23

    My cousin also received dialysis treatment because he also waited for a kidney transplant, and he didn't need to stay in the hospital, he only went once or twice a week to JHB for treatment. So why can J S stay in prison and the days that he need dialysis one of the prison warders can take him to hospital. So in other words he doesn't need to be released from prison.

  • Brandon - 2011-12-07 16:28

    "Selebi is currently undergoing dialysis treatment and may be in need of a new kidney." anyone interested? haha

  • Daft - 2011-12-07 17:35

    Thank goodness its not "Hemorrhoids"