Jackie Selebi taken to Pretoria prison

2011-12-05 17:18

Cape Town - Ex-police boss Jackie Selebi on Monday arrived at the Pretoria Central Prison medical facility by ambulance, Eyewitness News (EWN) reports.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the former police commisioner's 15-year prison sentence for accepting bribes from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, leading to Selebi collapsing on hearing the news.

Investigating officer Andrew Leask and three other officers could be seen standing in the parking lot outside the prison, according to EWN.

Selebi was taken to the prison's medical facility by ambulance through a side entrance after being sneaked out of Jacaranda Hospital by wheelchair, through a back entrance

Earlier, Sapa reported that a police officer had been given a committal warrant to make sure Jackie Selebi begins his jail sentence, but it would be up to the former top cop's doctor to decide whether he may be moved from hospital.

But, according to EWN, Selebi's lawyers were given an ultimatum for him to surrender.

Earlier EWN's Mandy Wiener tweeted that a source who witnessed the handover said  he was "not in a good space" and didn't quite know what was going on around him.

  • Michael - 2011-12-05 17:23


      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-05 18:07

      This sends out a strong message to those corrupt scums who gives my party ANC the bad name. Their days are numbered. I am ANC for live.

      RobinHood - 2011-12-05 18:52

      Now go learn how to spell

      Warmonger - 2011-12-05 18:54

      @poloyatonki< what abot all other corrup pepol in anc, like mac maharaj, and evn zuma self, i mean if the corrupt shabir shaik was convicted and the judge commented that there was a generaly corrupt reletionship between zuma and shaik, can one then not deduce (assume) that zuma was also guilty of some form of corruption? your anc for live[sic] party is CORRUPT and ROTTEN to the Core. They are NOT fit to rule this country. And that is why we are were we are (alles bl!ks#m uit mekaar uit...)

      Piet - 2011-12-05 19:13

      If all the ANC cadres are prosecuted for corruption the ANC will be back precisely where they where 30 years ago. In PRISON!!!!!!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-05 20:02

      RobinHood as if english is my mother tongue, you forgot that we were forced to learn it. You cant even speak my language and you have been here since 1652.

      Francois - 2011-12-05 20:43

      Poloyatonki, nice comment about the language of English and that being your second language. Why did you not comment in your first language from the start? Can you please also tell us what your first language is and where we can find the first written recording of that language? Does your language use the Latin alphabet or one that was developed on its own? The corrupt scum that gives the ANC a bad name, as you refer to them, starts right from the top: Zuma, Mbeki, Mstoelki, Schaik, Selebi, Cele, Mahlangu Nkabinde, Rasool, Magashule etc etc. Maybe you, as our beacon of light must start a new party with Malema (oops also corrupt). Then the reason why they speak English in Great Britain was due to the fact that the conquerers spoke English. If you are so proud of your legacy and going about learning to speak your language, why did your ancestors not throw the people speaking other languages back into the sea?

      Paul - 2011-12-05 21:42

      @Francois your argument lacks breeding and maturity. As you said english is derived from other languages such as Latin and many others so in a sense you were not able to put your 'own' language together. We the majority speak at least two indigenous languages so before you throw your lopsided 'recorded' history around learn another SA language. Where the hell is 'Great Britain' anyway?

      Francois - 2011-12-06 04:20

      Paul, Great Britain is actually an assemble of three former countries Wales, Scotland and England and with Northern Ireland and a couple of the island states they form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Having said that, the point is that since the English conquered the Welsh and the Scots and the Irish, they speak English in all four of those places. I also speak fluent Afrikaans which is an indigenous language, it in fact bears the name of the continent. The fact is that in 1652 until in roundabout the late 1800s and even in SA in the 1900s, the law of the land was that those conquered learn the language of the conquerer. That is why they speak English and not Dutch or French in the US. We can debate at odds end about the cruelty thereof, but it still is the law of the land. In SA the law of the land is that we grant equal status to the 11 official languages, however since we operate in the international domain, we need to communicate with them, thus we can throw the idea of everyone in the world learns a Nguni language, but you are going to suffer to explain that to the Yanks, they are struggling enough with only English. If you of Poloyatonki does not like the law of the land, don't use the one language that everyone accepts to be the form of communication and if you do use the language and get flack for it, it is not the fault of those who show you on your mistakes, it is still the maker of the spelling mistake's fault.

      Francois - 2011-12-06 04:27

      Please stop feeling sorry for yourself or throwing the history of the past 10, 20, 50, 100, 1000 years back at others and let us together rather make the future better. (The communist doctrine, which symbol you advertise as your own, will not do it.) Until Zuma is in prison for corruption, the ANC will be led be a corrupt person that at present is doing everything to avoid going to prison again, he will not want to share a cell with Selebi. Then Warmonger, can you please state where in judge's verdict are the words "General corrupt relationship"? Even the judge said that it is not written there, but if you find it, post the link for us. Regards

      Warmonger - 2011-12-06 10:45

      @ Francois: Granted then, if not in the Judges 'verdict' then "Claimed by the State" : "Evidence of what the state claimed was a "generally corrupt" relationship between Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Durban businessman Schabir Shaik was overwhelming, Judge Hillary Squires said in the Durban High Court on Wednesday"

  • Nick - 2011-12-05 17:24

    Go directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect R200...

      Shadoz66 - 2011-12-05 17:56

      hmm I think this guy collected more than R200

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-05 17:25

    'Cell' by date reached!

      sithembiso.ndlela1 - 2011-12-05 18:15


  • Inzozo Inzozo - 2011-12-05 17:28

    He's reaping what he has sown. I'll pray for him to meet Jesus while in there.

      Garysyd705 - 2011-12-05 20:21

      You can bet on that thy all do. Jesus that's old prison trick. Lol

      Garysyd705 - 2011-12-05 20:28

      No. Jesus no proal. So soner you can con the serves that you met Jesus the soner you get out it works evry time. Lol

  • Larry - 2011-12-05 17:29

    Fantastic. Maybe there is hope for us after all.

  • Nicole - 2011-12-05 17:30


  • Ian - 2011-12-05 17:31

    if he wants to be in hospital so much stick him in a government hospital, they will finnish him off, oh no wait he is an anc cadre, probally will get 5 star treatment

  • Mkulisi - 2011-12-05 17:38

    From head of interpol now to this and for a lousy 165K he must feel this worse than death.And the sad part is junior officials like Premiers, mayors and MEC's steal probably 20times asmuch and never get caught.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 17:59

      Don't for one minute believe it was only R165K! Soon Agliotti will be supplying him with Coke and he will be trading in jail like never before! Birds of a feather stick together. All of this was just an act to calm the country down and take our attention off the fact that the country has been stolen bankrupt by a government that felt nothing for the starving masses. All of this ANC Soap Opera is nothing else but a scam! Selebi gets paid to do his dramatical bit! Do you for one minute think if you are caught doing something wrong the state will fork out R17 Million for your legal fees?

      infijar.ken - 2011-12-05 18:32

      He wasn't the Head of Interpol, he was Head of their Africa Desk! Even so, a bit of a come down.

  • Piet - 2011-12-05 17:39

    Shame the poor cadre....

  • Piet - 2011-12-05 17:39

    But what about all the other Cadres?

  • pam.benink - 2011-12-05 17:43

    About time, too. Lets see how long he lasts in there...

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-05 17:43

    I think he's setting himself up for a terminal illness so he can join Shaik on the golf course.

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-05 17:47

    Another sad day for justice and it is only those who are enemies of democracy are rejoicing! Since when did we start disowning one of our own? The only reason Selebi is going to jail is because he saw himself in the wrong camp in our movement. A man who gave his all for this country including his life he is being sent away like a hardend criminal! One day our people will have their Tunisia day and are going to walk to the constitutional hill and take their justice back!

      Dawn - 2011-12-05 17:50

      I strongly suggest you look up the true meaning of DEMOCRACY as you have no clue.

      Colourless - 2011-12-05 17:51

      hey hang on, he is a criminal, soft or hard. You do the crime, get bust and do the time. Pity he failed us in the "New SA", perhaps the "new SA" failed him by being democratic and fair.

      abrhamtwaksak - 2011-12-05 17:54

      phumezo, indeed a sad day if you think justice was not done

      Dave - 2011-12-05 17:59

      A sad day for justice when a criminal is made to pay for his wrong doings---I think not, Phumezo, I don't know where you get your values from; but the revolution did not give criminals the right to walk free, it gave us all justice, peace, free speech and freedom. Nowhere did anybody die for the right to be a criminal and the people that are using their involvement in the struggle dishonour those who died. As you do with your comment, but they died so you had the freedom to make your comments !. There are many people who will take any chance to down the ANC, but lets face it they are being given plenty of ammo by the ANC. If you class yourself as the same as Selebi maybe the South African democracy is better off without you.?

      Jeanne - 2011-12-05 18:11

      Ignorance is bliss...

      Kevin - 2011-12-05 18:17

      Your movement is home to criminals! How could Shaik have been found guilty of collecting bribe money for Jacob Zuma and Zuma gets off. The ANC is nothing but a criminal enterprise running a protection racket for the favoured few. What about the Travelgate crooks who stole from their employer and didn't even get fired. Phumezo if you are proud of that you need to seriously rethink your values.

  • Dawn - 2011-12-05 17:47

    His partners in crime (Glen Agliotti and the dude who shot Brett Kebble) should be joining him.

      Colourless - 2011-12-05 17:52

      204 Criminal procedure act. Mikey Schultz "ain't goin nowhere near prison". Agliotti should join him, don't see any reason against that.

      Kevin - 2011-12-05 18:17

      Too right!

  • Benmica - 2011-12-05 17:48

    Rot in jail.... you are the guy that said if you don't like it here go overseas.....

  • John - 2011-12-05 17:51

    He was not in a good space and didn't quite know what was going on around him B-llsh-t. and if he really doesn't. Good, It'll make it easier on him.

  • abrhamtwaksak - 2011-12-05 17:52

    hier is ek weer in die roelandstraat ...

  • Shirley - 2011-12-05 17:55

    He is in,now lets see if he stays there!!!!

  • Ampers - 2011-12-05 17:56

    The ANC is trying to make us sorry for him. Altogether now, say Ahh... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • George - 2011-12-05 18:02

    Just had a suppository. Check the look on his face

  • braamc - 2011-12-05 18:16

    Why not by helicopter? We feel so "sorry" for you

  • Joseph - 2011-12-05 18:41

    For as long the ANC does not head a call to do away with tenders they will find themselves heading to jail in numbers.The oppresers are using their intelligence to send you to jail in numbers because of your stupidty wakeup ANC or else.

  • Joubs1957 - 2011-12-05 18:46

    I do not think he has ever been aware of what is going on around him in his whole life.....same as most of them...all they see is the money and the gravy....

  • Lynn - 2011-12-05 18:47

    Finally. Now lets see if he stays there.

  • mzamani.shivambu - 2011-12-05 18:49

    'This hands are clean' He lied to the society, He should rot in jail. He thought he would go away with it.

  • Henry - 2011-12-05 19:13

    How is he going to pay back the money for his court case??

  • jeff3 - 2011-12-05 19:44

    I think, and I stand under correction here, that if his crime is accepting bribes, then our esteemed state president should join him. If, however, the crime was releasing classified information to a friend; I feel the sentence is far too stringent.

      jeff3 - 2011-12-11 20:03

      It's cool, I don't mind the downvotes; but the problem is the obvious political bias towards a former Mbeki'ite makes hypocrites of you all. To put things into perspective, municipal councillor, Godfrey Nkhasi illegally sold municipal land and pocketed the proceeds. The Jhb council suspended him for six months without pay. On Friday an unemployed mother of two was imprisoned for six months for shoplifting food items from a grocery store. Jackie accepted less than what that municipal councilor *stole* - and merely gave a favor for a favor. I'm not saying he was right, but most human contracts are tainted somewhat the same way. He made a mistake and does not deserve a 15 year sentence. Only in hell, perhaps, which is where we seem to be heading down in Mzantsi. So once again: if guilty of accepting bribes, Zuma should join him. For releasing classified info to a buddy: too stringent by FAR...

  • Chabie - 2011-12-06 14:28

    shame on him bt the law is on our hands

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