Jackie Selebi went home over weekend

2012-07-23 07:47

Johannesburg - Corruption-convicted top cop Jackie Selebi was allowed to go home at the weekend but would return to hospital this week, according to reports on Monday.

"His doctor gave him the weekend off to be with his family. He will receive dialysis at home," Steve Biko hospital executive head Ernest Kenoshi told Beeld newspaper.

Selebi was granted medical parole on Friday after serving 229 days of his 15-year jail term.

He had been receiving treatment for diabetes and kidney failure.

Kenoshi said Selebi had not been discharged and would be back at the hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday.

'Not gravely ill'

The Times newspaper on Monday quoted an unnamed hospital staff member as saying Selebi was "not gravely ill" and that he walked about his ward every morning, "probably to stretch his legs".

He climbed off his bed into a wheelchair unassisted when discharged from the Pretoria hospital on Saturday, said the staff member.

His lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, on Friday said Selebi was "very ill" and should have been granted medical parole long ago.

Weekend newspapers said taxpayers were likely to foot his health bill, which would cost around R25 000 per month. In a private hospital, it would cost about R75 000 per month, Sunday Independent reported.

Selebi also still owes the state about R17m in legal fees, which he said he would pay back if he lost his case, reported Sunday Independent and Rapport newspapers.

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

Selebi appealed in the Supreme Court of Appeal against the corruption conviction. In December 2011 he collapsed at home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, while watching the appeal judgment on television. His appeal was denied.

  • Preshen - 2012-07-23 07:52

    He has got CIV –Convict Immunodeficiency Virus

      Squeegee - 2012-07-23 07:57

      No, he has TPU - taxpayers pay up syndrome. We will soon be buying him a new kidney (comes with a golf club membership).

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-07-23 08:30

      Now go and collect the R17m he owes in legal fees ! And why on earth should taxpayers pay his monthly medical costs, no-one but me, pays mine and I am not a criminal !Does crime pay?

      johan.uys.75 - 2012-07-23 10:21

      Show them Mr Selebi that you are gravely ill by dying soon.

      Raymond - 2012-07-23 10:56

      He received a Golden Hand Shaik.

  • Hermann - 2012-07-23 07:59

    Another case that will carefully be monitored.

  • mfundoj1 - 2012-07-23 07:59

    This guy is doing time at Hospital!!! WTF!!!!

      Press - 2012-07-23 08:56

      Did his doctor give him "a weekend off" from playing sick .... ?

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-23 08:00

    It's a Miracle!!!

      Koos - 2012-07-23 08:05

      He got a hole in one?

  • Msika - 2012-07-23 08:01

    He served 229 days of his 15-year jail term in hospital.

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-07-23 08:10

    If we are actually surprised... They don't even try and hide it anymore...

  • Angelique Nel - 2012-07-23 08:13

    What Rubbish !!!

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-07-23 08:13

    What about old Clive D Lewis? Seems his Shaikelithis is not helping

      Johnny31456 - 2012-07-23 09:14

      @Michael and @rob.baggaley: Dear Michael and Rob, please use your computer skills and do a Google search on Clive Derby Lewis. Sort the results according to most recent dates (I really do hope you can do this...) Google does excellent on providing up to date information for the not-so-informed-people-wishing-to-make-intelligent-comments. Please do this homework exercise and try again.

      Michael - 2012-07-23 09:23

      Hi Jonny, i will do that, maybe i am not that informed about his latest state of health, but what i know is that many people in our country are still emotionaly hurt by his deeds, and realising him may not be in his best interst and that of the Country.

      Antipoaching - 2012-07-23 10:29

      @ Michael, Derby-Lewis did indeed take the life of an innocent man, so too did the St James massacre perp's and the Highgate Hotel (East London)perps....... they took the lives of non-political civilians and guess what, they received amnesty for their deeds (politically motivated)... Doesn't this strike you as odd?? I am not advocating that Derby-Lewis be released merely that maybe, just maybe, the profile of the victim(s) might influence amnesty/parole in some matters? As for Selebi, I don't for one second believe that his "medical" parole is above board.....

  • mpho.galane1 - 2012-07-23 08:14

    Go play Golf MR Selebi

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-23 09:27

      Go play in the traffic, Mr Selebi!

  • paco.rodriguez.9210 - 2012-07-23 08:17

    at least now he can work on his golf game with Shabir Shaky

      sphiwe.dllamini - 2012-07-23 09:40

      Maybe i should do a similar crime with Selebi, when convicted - i will pretend to be gravely ill and i will get a parole

  • geraldsebanda - 2012-07-23 08:19

    I had better file my tax returns soon, he will need some extra bucks for a new set of clubs

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-07-23 08:21

    Worst part is nothing gets done about this. We all know that him and Shaik are "gravy trainly ill" but what is being done about it?

  • nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-07-23 08:26

    but the justice system in South Africa only favours the rich and politically connected..

      lorrainesuh - 2012-07-23 09:52

      It sucks, really

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  • mike.clery - 2012-07-23 08:34

    "Weekend newspapers said taxpayers were likely to foot his health bill, which would cost around R25 000 per month." Yet Soobramoney was refused dialysis. Some are definitely more equal than others -

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-23 08:37

    And here i thought he was so ill that he had to stay in hospital to get dialysis 3x a day

      tertia.boswell - 2012-07-23 11:10

      Seems he prefers golf to dialysis. maybe worried his golf club membership expires if he doesn't attend regularly, whereas dialysis doesn't matter, it is probably bogus. How come he suddenly has to have dialysis after being convicted when he never needed it before?

  • djim.bie - 2012-07-23 08:38

    Told you, allready had his golf shirt on.

      Johnny31456 - 2012-07-23 09:19

      You are SO RIGHT - they even took a photo of him in his golf shirt! (Look carefully at the SAPA photo). Well picked up!

  • Johnny31456 - 2012-07-23 08:47

    Pathetic. Selebi as ANC president's candidate? Throw him for Malema! He is after all a buddy of Jacob Zuma. After this he might apply for cancellation of his medical parole. A hotel stay in a private clinic might be his number one choice.

      tertia.boswell - 2012-07-23 11:12

      Duh. The service in a hospital is much better than in a hotel.

  • mpho.galane1 - 2012-07-23 08:47

    Go play Golf MR Selebi

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-23 09:01

    And this little piggy went to the market!

  • mark.tunstall.18 - 2012-07-23 09:07

    Ok so they say he will receive treatment at home, wow that sounds pretty simple and coincidentally convenient....if it is that easy why can't the sick slug then receive it in prision??? This whole story is rotten to the core.

  • stanley.marries - 2012-07-23 09:08

    It's just long will we have to wait for justice to really prevail in this country?...there are thousands of inmates who are honestly very ill,but they cannot be released on medical parole(there is no money or their applications are just put aside),but some highly corrupt members of the ANC can easily be awarded with medical parole. I REALLY have NO trust in the South African justice system!!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-23 09:08

    We can bitch and moan all we like till the cows come home....fact is that in a month, just like Shaik, there won't be any follow up story and he will be health as hell and walking around like a free man. Point is that if u connected the CRIME PAYS.....

  • edwin.kadi - 2012-07-23 09:12

    Lets meet for a round of golf next week.

      godesha - 2012-07-23 09:35

      We can even start a collection to pay for his legal fees.

  • pierreyves.guerin.73 - 2012-07-23 09:20

    If it works for Mr SHEIK, it must work for you i guess one thing your lawyer is obviously a con as well, THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS CORRUPT!!!! the legal system in this third world country does not exist. GOD BLESS AFRICA

  • isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-23 09:25

    A severe case of Shaikitis, a disease confined to top-level ANC politicians and their associates.

  • sango.jika - 2012-07-23 09:30

    Its really nice to be a convicted criminal in SA, You get sentenced for 15 years in jail you get sick or you pretend to be sick you get out of jail. We really have a f**cked up justice system.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-23 09:56

    ANC government: They're abusing power on the same scale as the apartheids government, but they 1000x more corrupt.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-23 10:17

    Guess his medical improving now that he can spend time at home...What a damn joke we must be to the world. Proudly S African my ass!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-23 10:20

    And so the discrimination and racism goes on by the current government. Once again only a selected few are privvy to the "based on discretion" decision making. Typical! So how many more do you want to base on descretion or is this just a norm being created once zuma is no longer on top and must be investigated AGAIN on tax payers money AGAIN to make a mockery out of the justice system for only a selected few AGAIN! Abusing the system themselves on a daily basis and you want to know why the youth have no morals, dicipline or respect? Just look at yourselves!

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-07-23 10:33

    This man is an embarrassment to our country was given the responsibility of putting thugs in jail not accepting money to keep them out of jail , you shameful greedy dishonest person

      tertia.boswell - 2012-07-23 11:16

      But apparently he is really good at it! I mean, not at the job he is being paid for (I don't know if he still gets a salary - probably - but if not, his medical cost is near enough). He is fantastic at what he is actually good at - keeping people out of jail. Prime example: himself.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-23 11:05

    Crime definitely pays handsomely in SA. Selibi I am sure is the only political figure ever charged with corruption in SA. Anyhow, his private hospital bill is only costing the tax payer R75 000 pm/ His legal bills 17 mil, he is being paid a full state pension. The Government insists he is not getting preferential treatment. The minister of health must produce hard evidence of all the other prison inmates that have the privilege of receiving medical treatment of R 75 000 / pm. If they had to receive dialysis, hardly available at Government hospitals, I am sure they would be left to die in their cells. They complain that not getting medical parole is against the constitution. I would suggest that as long as he receives some kind of medical treatment in prison, this should satisfy the Constitution. Probably released this weekend to take part in 702's 15 km run. Just how much should the public still accept from this Government of ours. Maybe we should all stop paying taxes, until they stop flushing our limited tax money down the drain on political elites.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-23 11:25

    These are not my comments, but those issued by a medical specialist in a News 24 article last Friday. Give one reason for a bit of thought though: "It is becoming routine for celebrities and the well-connected to suddenly become ill when facing the legal consequences of their actions. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarrak became abruptly and dramatically ill as soon as he faced serious interrogation about his actions, as did his wife, when she also faced questioning. But that didn't stop the Egyptian authorities from hauling him into court – in his hospital bed. Firstly, no politician, policeman, or celebrity should be treated in the slightest way more favourably (or, indeed, less favourably) than anyone else in terms of procedures, trial, sentencing or otherwise. They must have no special privileges of leeway not available to everyone else."

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-07-23 12:29

    What state hospital allows you to home with a dialysis machine! I can think of a couple of people who've been rejected treatment outright, who would love access. I'm even sure they would be happy to be incarcerated, if it meant getting access to a life saving dialysis machine. On the other side he is being considerate and saving us taxpayers some money, by freeing up the hospital bed. The arrogance does not surprise me.

  • maria.ferreira1234 - 2012-07-23 13:47

    What a corrupt country we living in..... They talk crap into our ears and expect us to believe them. Time to stand together and make our voices heard .... Enough is Enough.

  • mark.bekker - 2012-07-25 12:26

    I hope that when Selebi is doing better they put him back in jail, but more than likely we will be seeing pictures of him on the golf course and out at nightclubs very soon. this is all very Shaiky if you ask me.

  • jonathan.seagul.5 - 2012-07-25 14:59

    If he is not gravely ill why the hell is he not in jail. Oh yea I forgot, he is a Comrade!!!!

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