Jackie Selebi's lawyers back in court

2011-12-05 10:47

Johannesburg - Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi's legal team arrived at the South Gauteng High Court shortly after it opened on Monday.

They were looking for a reprieve from the requirement that Selebi begin his 15-year prison sentence for corruption immediately, as he was ill.

His attorney Wynanda Coetzee said they would not be making any statements at the moment.

It was an administrative matter and a court session was not required.

Selebi's appeal against his fraud conviction failed on Friday, which meant he was to have begun his prison sentence by Sunday.


Shortly after the decision was announced by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, Selebi, who was at home watching it on television, fell ill and was taken to hospital.

On Monday his lawyers were following procedures to regularise why he had not reported to jail as expected, while medical professionals established what he was ailing from.

Some media reports stated Selebi had a stroke, while others said he was suffering from a diabetes-related condition.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption for accepting money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and giving Agliotti benefits such as showing him a British drug investigation report.

Selebi was also president of Interpol.

The National Prosecuting Authority said Selebi's lawyers had approached them on Saturday to say he might not be able to present himself to correctional services on Sunday. They were told to approach the court registrar for this.

Beeld reported Coetzee as saying: "If the order is that he must go to jail, then that will happen."

Asset Forfeiture Unit head Willie Hofmeyr told SABC radio news the money paid to Selebi amounted to about R165 000.

"We've already obtained a confiscation order. We are waiting for the finalisation of the appeals and then that money will be payable... Our law entitles us to adjust those to inflation, so the total order we obtained [was] for about R230 000," Hofmeyr told the broadcaster.

  • Breedlike - 2011-12-05 10:55

    Why cant he go to the prison hospital?

      Linda - 2011-12-05 11:58

      Because he can afford to pay unethical lawyers to assist him in evading justice!!!!! Double standards persist. If you have enough money you can pay to stay out of jail - and if that fails you can call on your political connections to ensure that you are paroled on medical grounds...... Clearly Zuma and his pals think that all South Africans have IQs in single digits and that we are too stupid to connect the dots!

  • Lulama - 2011-12-05 10:57 he's too sick for jail?? what's new

  • shando.kandaba - 2011-12-05 10:59

    m m m iyo JS in prayer .............

  • Myancmyfuture - 2011-12-05 11:03

    Eish Bra Jackie, just go Man, 2026 is around the corner

  • Jo - 2011-12-05 11:06

    No excduses, please. Let him go to prison hospital. Other prisoners have to do that.

      mark.dennill - 2011-12-05 12:07

      I wish it would be that way but unfortunately for the honest tax paying citizen he will be doing his hospital time in the best ward, at the most private of hospital.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-05 11:07

    Where is the equality in this. He can go to a prison hospital. Just like every other criminal in the land. Why does he deserve better treatment.

  • JustMe - 2011-12-05 11:08

    WTF? Criminals should go to jail immediately. I thought the "report to prison in 48 hours" was ridiculous enough.

      lungelo.yili - 2011-12-05 12:25

      i'm sure MJ's doctor wishes he had that option.

  • Mouldy - 2011-12-05 11:13

    These crooks sure are a sicly lot. If you do the crime you must be able to do the time - lock him up! And slap him one extra month in jail for every day he's late to report. Sell his stuff to defray costs and then sue him for the balance of the 17mil he owes the taxpayer. If this one lives to complete his sentence he will be old and broken when he comes out there. Justice is served!

      Trevor - 2011-12-05 11:29

      His lawyers look hungry, lol

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-05 11:15

    Jackie, like death and taxes are a certainty, you are going to jail dude !!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-05 11:15

    This was planned. I appeal didnt work this the next best option! Thousand of inmates receive treatment in prison hospitals yet this embarresment of a human gets to stay in a private hospital. I wonder how the npa didnt see this coming? If he is granted a time to remain out of jail put him in a government hospital handcuffed 24/7. What was the point of "getting tough" on corruption when all these high positioned people are allowed to wangle their way into a long term hospital stay? He is no superior to any other crimanal in south africa! he should of got life!

      Sean1877 - 2011-12-05 11:59

      @ His age it is a life sentence, if it actually gets going, and whatever he misses out on now should not be deemed "time served" but should reather be added to the sentence...15 years and 5 days for example

  • Cina - 2011-12-05 11:17

    The pictures I saw of him where he is in the ambulance he didn't look very ill to me for someone who had a stroke. Actually he looked very healthy.

      Shirley - 2011-12-05 11:46

      Yep and those shifty eyes darting from side to side to see who was watching.

  • Jou_Ma - 2011-12-05 11:18

    Now they are talking about the constitutional court? How is it possible that an individual can even talk about going to the CC for a criminal offence that he was found guilty for? Also, why is it that he was not at the court of appeal on Friday? One would think that he should be obliged by law to attend this, but he was at home? I smell a rat and mark my words, he is not going to spend a day in prison.

  • Wikus - 2011-12-05 11:19

    Another Schabir Shaik in the making, we are wasting tax money from the beginning with this case.. Jail and not a cent of tax payers money anymore.

  • Herman - 2011-12-05 11:21

    Just arrest the scum, throw him in jail and let him rot.

  • Larry - 2011-12-05 11:21

    Selebi, "I don't want to go to Rehab,No,No,No.

  • Simon - 2011-12-05 11:21

    These days the excuse of being ill is the best way , just look at malema , also when he had to attent his hearing he got flu , hope that the court get a medical result , and then investigate with their own doctor if he is really ill

  • Jacobus - 2011-12-05 11:25

    Hy is net so min siek as wat ek siek is!! Sommer nog 'n skelmstreek om mee weg te kom. Maar hy is mos hoƫ profiel - ook toe hy bl...dy skelm was!!

  • Julie - 2011-12-05 11:26

    He should not expect VIP treatment! I wonder what his reaction would have been if the court decided otherwise......

  • Koos - 2011-12-05 11:29

    ok.... and who will pay the lawyers this time round.....

      Herman - 2011-12-05 11:31

      ek en jy natuurlik.

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-05 11:30

    what makes him so bloody special hey? send the wanker to prison, the court has ruled now pack your bags boykie and piss off. this "im too sick for prison" crap is a pathetic trend now which needs to be handle with zero tolerence, do regular ppl get a "get out of jail" free card when they are convicted NOOOOOO!, they get sent packing, you deserve only what the law has sentenced you with, go to the prison hospital, you probably only suffered from a babalaas anyway you moron.

  • Damian - 2011-12-05 11:31

    I wonder what those guys at Interpol must be thinking of South Africans. Selebi was once president at that org.

  • Roy - 2011-12-05 11:38

    Who is going to pay these Lawyers now? This corrupt cop was found guilty now he is trying to pull a fast one. Stick this s.o.b in jail and let him ROT "finish and klaar"

  • Sharon - 2011-12-05 11:40

    He is try a SHADY SCHAIK move the pig .......He wanted the money but does not wanna do the time typical

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2011-12-05 11:42

    All of this, yet Glenn Agliotti is still is free man! Justice, I think not!

  • Nick - 2011-12-05 11:46

    Looks like he has a sudden bout of "Shaik itis". Symptoms include not taking your punishment like a man...

  • Colourless - 2011-12-05 11:47

    Bulldust. He is suffering from not being above the law.We aren't in school anymore, if you get busted for bunking and get expelled you can't be "magically sick". Must suck knowing that you are going to prison to hang out with the people you put there.

  • Refiloe - 2011-12-05 11:48

    I am sure that the prisoners that Selebi sent to prison are waiting to welcome him. He destroyed the children of South Africa with drugs for the love of money, and he betrayed our trust. Old or not old he must reap what he sow. He knew he was old when he was doing all these things. There are many other people some older than him but they are serving their sentences - what is special about him?

  • elmarie.olivier1 - 2011-12-05 11:55

    He was fine until he heard he had to go to prison. Why should he be treated any differently? He's just pulling a "Shaik". Clive Derby-Lewis is seriously ill but cannot be released after doing years of prison service. Shaik is still enjoying life, he should have been dead by now! Selebi's just conning like he's been doing for years!!!

  • Sybil - 2011-12-05 11:58

    Here comes another Shabir case!!! Oh boy, I feel ILL every time I open the newspapers or just listen to the news and learn about all the corruption. Can any one out there please pay for my hospitalisation???

  • mark.dennill - 2011-12-05 11:58

    It seems so easy these days to play the SHAIK card. Send the rotten bastard to jail and let him suffer in a government hospital he is an absolute disgrace.

  • Yvonne - 2011-12-05 12:08

    mag die wurms op hom spoeg as hy die dag vrot

      Marius - 2011-12-05 12:14

      hi Yvonne, hy is klaar vrot, en die wurms het ook 'n

  • Ian - 2011-12-05 12:17

    looking for a reprieve se gat man, more like looking for more gravy

  • Andre Ernstzen - 2011-12-05 13:23

    Oh Jackie boy when u get to jail u sure to get VIP (Very Immense P....) treatment all the way...

  • Hermann - 2011-12-05 13:36

    Just wondering who is paying the lawyers now! That some are more equal than others is part and parcel of the culture in the New South Africa.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-05 14:05

    not acceptable arrest him and chain him to his hospital bed until he can be transferred to a prison hospital or ward. The ANC needs to be reigned in and brought to book for allowing its members and appointees to continue making a mockery of this countries laws

  • thembelax - 2011-12-05 19:57

    this is a lesson to the young up coming police men and women out there.stay away from crime.the ex-police chief is a disgrace to the nation at large.the whole country entrusted you by giving you the highest position and you undermined everyone and chose to betray us.i wonder how do you feel when you look back.

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