Names of other medical parolees 'secret'

2012-07-21 06:59

Pretoria - The names of the other offenders granted medical parole with Jackie Selebi are confidential, an official said on Friday.

Correctional Services' chief deputy commissioner James Smallburger said their names would not be given to the media.

"We are not going to give you those [name]. We have not discussed that with the parolees as we have done with Mr Selebi. No, we can't give [the names to] you," he said.

Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele said the medical parole advisory met on 20 June and considered 12 applications by terminally ill offenders.

"Six offenders were recommended for medical parole. Three offenders died whilst documentation was underway. Three offenders were not recommended for parole," Ndebele said.

"Mr Selebi will be released today. Another offender is expected to be released next week. Two offenders were released on the 9 and 12 of July," he said.

Ndebele said the six offenders, including Selebi, met the criteria stipulated in the Correctional Services Act for release on medical parole.

"These include that all suffered from a medical condition which is terminal, chronic, progressive and has deteriorated or reached an irreversible state," he said.

A senior registrar at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Dr Anil Kurian, who is in charge of Selebi's treatment, said the beleaguered former top cop was in a critical condition.

"Mr Selebi has end-stage renal disease for which he is receiving dialysis. End-stage renal disease means the person has irreversible kidney damage and they end up on dialysis for life," he said.

"This is a permanent condition for which you require dialysis for survival. We manage this kind of patient on a day-in, day-out basis, and unfortunately the chorus does not change," said Kurian.

Chairperson of the medical parole advisory board, Victor Ramathesele, said Selebi would remain at the hospital, but would not be under the guardianship of the correctional services department.

"He has been released on medical parole, but has not been discharged just yet. Doctors who have been looking after him have ensured that there is going to be continuation of proper medication [for Selebi] like any other South African.

"When the doctors feel he has to leave the hospital, they will exercise that clinical judgement at that point," he said.

Very ill

The correctional services department said it had limited capacity to provide "palliative care" to terminally ill offenders, and would provide the care in conjunction with external service providers while processing releases on medical grounds.

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time of the investigation into claims that he received money from convicted drug trafficker and police informer Glenn Agliotti.

He was convicted of corruption on July 2 2010, was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Selebi appealed to 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.

This meant he had to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption. It was decided he would indefinitely stay in Pretoria Central Prison's medical wing.

At the time, he had not instructed his medical team to apply for medical parole. Selebi was trained to administer his own treatment.

Following the announcement of his release on parole on Friday, his lawyer said Selebi should have been granted medical parole much sooner.

"We are all very grateful and happy [about his parole]," his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee said.

"He should have been allowed to go home a while ago already. His situation is very serious and he is very ill," she said.

  • Nita8P - 2012-07-21 07:23

    I still see corruption written all over this..

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-21 08:15

      You mean cANCer. I am dumbfounded about how they just do as they please. This mans lack of basic math or BS skills also shines through. Seems the cANCers might make a 360 degree turn and think they actually achieved something. Pathetic!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-21 08:34

      Jackie will go to the head of the line for a kidney transplant and then .... golf!

      Leah - 2012-07-21 10:10

      Let's guard our kidneys :)

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-07-21 07:29

    Maybe they worried that we will tie the others to political affiliations as well.... in this country its not What you know... but WHO you know and which behind you are licking clean...

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-07-21 07:31

    They are either lying and there are none, or they are ALL cadres

  • tw2066 - 2012-07-21 07:32

    Selebis parole ..... Jacking Mmmmtemboooo - yesterday - kept refering to pee brook Selebi as a Comrade. (This is obviously Russian for my old pal who pees himself, takes bribes and knows drug dealers). Then today this Smallburger fellow admits that Selebi has been chatted to first and has recieved special treatment. This whole Selebi debacle is the same as the Shaik plan. Look at the that lewis guy who killed some ANC dude. His chances of medical parole is zip.

  • mashilopm - 2012-07-21 07:32

    \Six offenders were recommended for medical parole. Three offenders died whilst documentation was underway. Three offenders were not recommended for parole,\ Ndebele said. It doesn't make any sense to me, these numbers just don't add up. If three died and the other three were not recommended, where does Selebi fit into this? Please help me understand this paragraph.

      simon.marsh.798 - 2012-07-21 07:43

      Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele said the medical parole advisory met on 20 June and considered 12 applications by terminally ill offenders.

      rivalani.mabasa - 2012-07-21 07:48

      Ndebele never did nor said sensible things ever since he was appointed a minister. What a waste of portfolio at his disposal.

  • frikdt - 2012-07-21 07:51

    Maybe someone should take this government to court (yet again) to force disclosure of this information. I'm sure the public has a right to know who these people are.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-07-21 07:58

    The parole was only a favor to Jackie,no other prisoners included here.\r\nIf there are any then their names must be mentioned.

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-07-21 07:59

    I dont see the rulung party winning the 2019 elections. Practising daylight corruption has become a habit to them and they dont see any mistake; actually they have completely lost the conscience.

      charl.deswardt - 2012-07-21 08:18

      it just a pitty that you will find people still blinded by the false promises that the ruling party made and who are still stupid enough to go and vote for them.

  • merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-07-21 07:59

    When criminals do not rot in jail but in society, society becomes rotten...

  • Winston Kapp - 2012-07-21 08:03

    If there was a definition in the dictionary to describe the leaders of this country, it would be - BRAIN DEAD!

  • thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-21 08:06

    Smells like another ANC government cover up again and again and ....

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-21 08:18

      Smells like another dead man playing golf.

  • charl.deswardt - 2012-07-21 08:16

    not ill enough to be corrupt like the rest of the government.

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-07-21 08:21

    A kidney transplant next week perhaps ???????????????

  • sesom - 2012-07-21 08:22

    Will soon be on a golf course with that other idiot..SHAKE RATTLE AN ROLL.

      Moagi Mohohlo - 2012-07-21 08:30

      Probably punch someone while at it!

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-07-21 08:22

    If the conditions for the release of these offenders is a condition which is \terminal, chronic, progressive and has deteriorated or reached an irreversible state,\ then why has Clive Derby-Lewis not been considered for medical parole? The man has cancer, has served more than 2 / 3 of his sentence and otherwise qualifies for parole.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-21 08:29

    If I were a potential investor or an involved business person who had business interests in SA, I would start making other arrangements. We all say things on this forum, some not so nice and some downright insulting (all of it very well deserved). You'd think they would take heed and clean up their act, but they do nothing - in fact it just gets worse. How much longer can our country and it's people absorb the abuse? And why does the opposition not flex it's muscles and do something about this?

      corrie.scheepers.9 - 2012-07-21 08:41

      The opposition is just as bad. The DA has also not firesd the MP"s who were involved in the travelgate scnadal. They are also still tavelling on the gravy train.

      tw2066 - 2012-07-21 20:23

      The opposition arent in power - yet- Nor did they arrange for Shaik, Selebi, Yengeni, et al, Nor did they get their jobs on AA or BBBEE points or POLITICAL ARRANGEMENTS for that matter, nor does the opposition have a Youth League that pees off other countries - and is a waste of money anyway. The opposition keeps its promises, and doesnt make the promises it cant keep, but most importly, the opposition can keep their SPEARS to themselves... unlike - you know who.

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-21 08:32

    Secrecy which once again proves no transparency and how corrupt this anc government is .

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-21 08:39

    So now we might have murdering scum with connections on medical parole. cANCer strikes again.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-21 08:40

    So now we might have murdering scum with connections on medical parole. cANCer strikes again.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-21 08:58

    What bugs me is that so much time and money was spent on the court cases to convict Selebi, I would like to know how much this idiot has cost the tax payer.....what with all the court cases, medical costs, did he get a golden hand shake....and add to that his corruption.I'm sure this all amounts to Millions....In the mean time, some poor sickly family shiver in the cold...go hungry...and if need a hospital, might not even come out of there alive,because of the state of gov hospitals. Question: What makes Selebi, the one that has millions wasted on him (he is just another human..nothing special)...while this poor family suffer a raw deal, and the anc don't give a damn about them...but YES YOU MUST VOTE FOR US....PLEASE...

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-07-21 09:16

    One thing that is no secret is that those who will be released on 'medical parole' are all connected to the ANC in one way or another

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-21 09:29

    I am getting more and more despondent as the days go by. This country has become a lawless society. People are being murdered and woman and children raped on a daily basis. Often when these criminals are caught they walk around scott free for years on end before they see the inside of a prison if they ever do. Fraud corruption and maladministration in government is never dealt with, the culprit is just deployed out of sight out of mind. When we the citizens complain, we are the wrong to complain. We all know that a deal was made that shabby sheik would take the rap for zuma and for that the sheik family would be well rewarded. Hence shabby spending his days in hospital and suddenly became terminal. The same with selebi, they had no choice but to let selebi take the rap, so they also made a deal, now it is his turn. It was a joke how when he heard the news he suddently became so ill. Whats the use of ever getting true justice in this country when the justice system has been manipulated. So, why bother to charge any of the political connected its just a waste of our money. We will never see true justice. Daily, we hear about how our country being sold down the river, its also become a haven for criminals. What have we got to look forward to no wonder we are all getting despondent and losing hope.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-21 19:47

      I had so much hope 18 years I have none.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 10:29

      Your words make me sad because they are true. What remains a mystery to me is that foul deeds are perpetrated every day with no thought to consequence. Do those that do these things not have any conscience? Or are they now so sure if our corrupt government that they do it anyway secure in the knowledge that they will remain free to do it some more? Is there no thought for the future? The very young, their futures and the legacies they will inherit? If indeed there is anything left to inherit? Is the moral component of SA so afraid of the ANC that they just sit and let this precious wonderful country collapse in on itself? Why is our vile, corrupt and villainous government not taken to task and dealt with before more innocent people suffer?

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-07-21 09:36

    I am no flag bearer for Clive Darby-lewis, but if he does'nt get medical parole the "new sysem" of medical parole is as corrupt as the one that set Zuma's friend the fraudster Shabir Shaik free.

      winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-21 10:19

      I agree, Derby-Lewis has been ill for many many years but they wont release him. Poor bastard, he is doomed to die in their hell hole while their politically connected walk free.

  • Phobos777 - 2012-07-21 09:58

    This is an absolute joke!

  • sngcobo2 - 2012-07-21 10:03

    Why are they kept secret we want to know if there were others who were release together with Selebi ey this goverment

  • nsinovich - 2012-07-21 10:07

    This is totally unacceptable ! The government are SERVANTS of the citizens not their overlords. They MUST reveal the names otherwise they are an illegal government.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-21 12:21

    It's a secret, because it doesn't exist.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-21 12:37

    Let them eat cake!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-21 13:07

    It is difficult to judge this decision without medical facts and expertice, but According to: Prognosis When kidney failure occurs, treatments offer hope for good recovery. Many people on dialysis or who have received transplants lead near normal lives. Which obvious presents a suspicion of preferential treatment. Hope I get that too!

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-07-21 13:21

    This will be a tough one to figure out...perhaps others can identify ANC politicians that have been imprisoned for corruption, who are suddenly playing golf and beating up newspaper reporters?

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-21 13:57

      can you at least tell us how many blacks and how many whites have been let out on medical parole becuase this has become a racist problem

  • john.nel.927 - 2012-07-21 13:49

    And so Shaik and Selebi get medical parole. Clive Derby Lewis, with gangrene and terminal cancer, is refused. Is that fair or even handed? Derby Lewis will die in prison for conspiring to murder Hani. Once again the cANCer have colored glasses when it suits them. Either there is a rule for compassionate release or the whole bunch should die in their cells!

  • Andre - 2012-07-21 15:05

    In a few months time readers will see Selebi chatting in coffee shops and attending ANC functions!

  • Quartus - 2012-07-21 15:11

    Yes Clive Derby-Lewis has a better chance of falling pregnant than getting parole...he is the wrong colour....and not ANC

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-07-21 15:59

    does not even exist. its all lies lies i tel u lies.

  • mina.moo.14 - 2012-07-23 13:15

    My word. My father also had this same illness. Strange that the machine did not prolong his life so long as Selebi. Must be a better machine

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