Minister to speak on Selebi's health

2011-12-22 12:00

Pretoria - Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has scheduled a media briefing about convicted former police chief Jackie Selebi's health, amid reports on Thursday that he was "fighting for his life".

The minister's spokesperson, Zacharia Modise, declined to give an update on Selebi's health on Thursday, saying Mapisa-Nqakula would address the issues at a press briefing scheduled for Friday.

"I would not want to make any pronouncements on the matter at this stage. Let's wait to hear what the minister will say," he said.

Selebi, 61, was taken to the nephrology (kidney) ward of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in northern Pretoria on Monday morning under armed guard. The department said he was undergoing tests.


The New Age newspaper on Thursday reported that Selebi's health was deteriorating fast.

The report, citing unnamed "well-placed sources", said the former police chief was having dialysis for kidney failure every four hours.

Headlined on its website, "Selebi fights for his life", The New Age said his family feared that, although his name was on a waiting list for a transplant, he might not be granted the opportunity because he is a convicted criminal.

This would mean a death sentence, but Correctional Services had said Selebi would not be discriminated against on the basis of any criminal record.

The newspaper claims that Selebi was only scheduled to start dialysis in January.

However, the shock of losing his case in the Supreme Court of Appeal earlier this month was so severe that he suffered kidney failure and had twice been admitted for emergency treatment.

Booked into jail on December 5

Selebi's lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.

SABC radio news also reported that he was fighting for his life and that doctors were checking up on him around the clock. Eyewitness News reported that he was "really ill".

The disgraced former police chief was booked into prison on December 5 to start a 15-year jail term.

He was found guilty of corruption after he accepted money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, and then also giving him benefits that included showing him a British drug investigation report.

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time.

His appeal against his corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on December 2.

Selebi watched the judgment on television at home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, Coetzee said at the time.

  • Willie - 2011-12-22 12:14

    Any one who remembers "Animal Farm" i think is back

  • Michael - 2011-12-22 12:19

    They actually insult our intelligence. Do they really expect us to believe this nonsense? They should rather just keep quiet. Their idiotic lies are starting to get downright annoying now.

  • JamesLoretz - 2011-12-22 12:26

    I'll bet R50 that she is going to say something about him being too ill to continue his sentence and that he will be put under house arrest with a nurse looking after him 24/7. Bloody cronies!

      acsteyn - 2011-12-23 16:14

      James, theoretically there should be no home. He must still pay the 13,5 million rands trial costs. What to do? Perhaps we should have a special hospital for these corrupt officials and a string of people to look after their post-curruption-health? mmmmmm, Now is that not being pro-active? I creates jobs man.

  • Anthony - 2011-12-22 12:27

    The golf course is calling Selebi

  • loraine.meyer - 2011-12-22 12:30

    A round of golf with Shabir will do miracles

      George - 2011-12-22 13:21

      Hay they will name a golf course after the prick

  • Shirley - 2011-12-22 12:30

    HERE IT COMES........"SELEBI GRANTED PAROLE-TERMIALLY ILL" Home for christmas and will live to 100!South Africas justice systm is a joke!!

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-22 12:32

    I've the feeling that they r going to let Selebi go.

  • adrian.berghoff - 2011-12-22 12:32

    "This would mean a death sentence" Then so be it.

  • Nyati_Photo - 2011-12-22 12:36

    Another Shabir saga developing - old boys club

  • Sharon - 2011-12-22 12:38

    If they bump him up the list for a kidney transplant, it would be a death sentence to the person who was supposed to get the kidney in the first place. This person would in all probability be a law abiding citizen. Is this fair?

      Wendy - 2011-12-22 12:56

      Well, remember 'Manto' Tshabalala-Msimang's liver transplant? While the population cries out for health care it seems that ANC has a "me first" health policy in place.

  • Sithando - 2011-12-22 12:41

    Release the old man he did not murder a homeless harmless person.

      David - 2011-12-22 12:57

      @Sithando. I fully concur with sentiments expressed - there is absolutely nothing to gain from keeping the old man in jail. He is already disgraced and there will never be any opportunity for me to commit a similar crime again. Afterall, the whole purpose is to correct a prisoner's behaviour and not for punishment. Hence, some of us came to accept that even hardened racists with callous crimes also deserve a reprieve from harsh conditions of prison.

      George - 2011-12-22 13:22

      SHUT UP

      christel.snodgrass - 2011-12-22 14:09

      I agree up to a point Sithando. Because of the Shaick debacle, people refuse to believe that he really is sick, when I know for a fact that he's had kidney problems for months now. He's not a murderer (Waterkloof 4 of which 2 are already walking free!) and not a rapist or paedophile. Yes he is corrupt and took money from a criminal and now he's just an old cop, retired and disgraced in the eyes of the international community. Without a kidney, he'll die. Kidney failure is not something that can be treated. Doctors can prolong your life but ultimately not save it. If young white kids can be set free after murdering a defenceless old homeless guy, surely and old black disgraced man can be set free to die in peace with his family. But if he gets a kidney transplant then that's a different story. Then he should serve his time for what he has done, just like any other criminal.

      pws69 - 2011-12-22 19:00

      He didn't murder anyone with his own hands, but he certainly facilitated the murder of dozens of people by tipping off gangsters and drug dealers about imminent raids and protecting them from arrest. So, in fact he is MORE guilty than the Waterkloof 4, and should server a longer sentence - immediately.

      pws69 - 2011-12-22 19:03

      @David, I was in court one day contesting a fine, and saw a guy sentenced to 6 months in jail for stealing a can of beans to survive, so why must this piece of trash get a free pass? Because he is ANC? He PERSONALLY facilitated the murder of dozens of people - FINISH AND KLAAR.

  • EyesEars - 2011-12-22 12:43

    Selebi will most probably be given a kidney at the expense of the tax payers which is suppose to be given to someone else, waiting in the line for a very long time. Making a martyr of him for the minister to speak on his behalf, nice touch. I honestly cannot sympathize with people with labels and chips who are out to destroy other people’s lives and then not want to take responsibility for their actions. Every action has a re-action. Always!

  • Marius - 2011-12-22 12:45

    He must have the worst doctors in SA. It is the first time that I have heard that a patient who has had a stroke, the original diagnosis that kept him from reporting to prison, gets treated with kidney dialysis.Give him a decent doctor, cure him and send him to prison to recover.

      Eric - 2011-12-22 17:19

      Why not recover in the prison hospital?

  • Mahomed Dawjee - 2011-12-22 12:50

    Dear lord please let selebi live for the next 15 years and keep him very healthy

  • Abie - 2011-12-22 12:54

    Ag Shame. He is going to die before Christmas. Pray people, pray for the good ex cop!!! LOL.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-22 12:58

    Give him medical parole, then you'll see he'll be playing golf with Shabir in no time....who needs ARV's, MP can cheat death..

  • rodfor1435 - 2011-12-22 13:09


  • Bernard - 2011-12-22 13:11

    A police comissioner, because of his high profile (and subsequent level of trust), that committs any crime warranting a normal person 15 years, should have got the death penalty, so boo friggen hoo, lie in hospital under guard until u vrek, NO BEING SENT HOME!!! u need to be in a hospital anyway if u are so "critical"!

  • Bryan - 2011-12-22 13:20

    Watch this space.. Another medical parole coming this way!! Banana anyone?

  • Wilma - 2011-12-22 13:24

    Ai shame the poor poor man :(

  • wynandjsmit - 2011-12-22 13:24

    No matter what the minister says, we will not believe a word she says. And with good reason! All a lot of hogwash. But it doesn't matter. South Africa has become a joke, and I have taught myself to even laugh at bad jokes.

  • wynandjsmit - 2011-12-22 13:26

    Hoop die donner vrek.

  • David - 2011-12-22 13:38

    @George. It's good to have no view to express lest you are exposed for lack of thinking capacity.

  • Piet - 2011-12-22 13:51

    What make him so important? Do the crime, then do the time

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-22 14:17

    Strange that we are not seeing Clive Derby Lewis being let out...he is really terminally ill!

  • Anton - 2011-12-22 14:23

    send him back to jail where he belongs wasting tax money or is aggiloti paying the bills ba#$terd

  • Berkold - 2011-12-22 14:29

    Selebi is looking very SHAIKY I must say.

  • Cina - 2011-12-22 14:35

    Ok I'm very confused this morning he was getter better and a few hours later he is fighting for his life now what is it to be, who must I believe the "white" news papers or the new age news paper.

  • jenny.gormanandrews1 - 2011-12-22 15:10

    I'm a Registered Nurse and have nursed people receiving renal dialysis. It takes 4 hours to give one dialysis treatment! If Selebi is having treatments every 4 hours it means he must be on dialysis continuously!!! Thats a bunch of crock!!!

  • Eric - 2011-12-22 17:17

    All you can see of ANC cadres these days are their curly little tails sticking out of the trough where their snouts have been deployed.

  • Zion - 2011-12-22 18:48

    It will definitely not be a loss to the country if he loses the fight. Maybe a boon to taxpayers.

  • nikki.bodenstein - 2011-12-23 06:23

    Who cares?

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-23 16:10

    Shame man, terrible time for a op at this time of the year. It is wrong to speculate but it does sound like a "I don't want to go to jail", op? Shame I hope he feels better soon.

  • Winifred - 2011-12-25 10:44

    what did I tell you, Selebi wont spend time in Jail the ANC have already planned his way to freedom. Take the rap then play on your diabetic discorder then fein a kidney problem and you will be home and dry Comrade. Poor Derby-Lewis (not that I condone what he did) but he has served 18 yrs in jail and is dying from Cancer does not get to enjoy a 5 star hospital bed. Oh well, our law in this country is tainted anyhow so what am I complaining about.

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