No more updates on Selebi's health

2012-01-24 10:49

Johannesburg - Further information on former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi's health will not be released by correctional services because it has become a strain on him and those around him, the department said on Tuesday.

"We think that we are putting a lot of stress on Mr Selebi, his family and the doctors who are treating him," said chief deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise.

Continuous requests for information to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital where Selebi is being treated, and to his family, had become too much.

"This man is sick. We ask that journalists be compassionate," said Modise.

This was in response to a request for clarity on whether Selebi had been transferred from intensive care to a regular ward at the hospital.


Selebi's health deteriorated after he lost his appeal against a corruption conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeals last year.

He was taken from his home to a private hospital and subsequently taken to prison to begin his 15-year sentence.

His lawyers and prison authorities have said that he has a serious kidney condition which requires treatment in hospital.

Questions have been raised in the public sphere on whether he is playing up his illness to avoid time in a jail cell.

Comparisons are often made to President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was released on medical parole with a terminal condition early in his 15-year sentence for fraud and corruption after spending a short time in a private hospital.

On Monday there were conflicting reports over whether Selebi had been released from the intensive care unit or not.

The SABC on Monday reported national commissioner of correctional services Tom Moyane as saying Selebi had been moved from intensive care, but The New Age quoted Moyane as saying he was still there.

According to the hospital's website, it is an academic hospital which offers specialised and highly specialised care.

  • Klipkop - 2012-01-24 10:58

    Poor guy, very sick hey, there is only one cure for him, amputation of the neck.

      Herman - 2012-01-24 13:49

      LOL Promote that idea to the rest of this criminal regime ruling SA

  • CdeSganja - 2012-01-24 10:59

    Thank you Department, let Selebi live in peace.

      Dave - 2012-01-24 11:14

      @Sganja - I guess that you aren't objecting to the secrecy bill then?

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-24 11:29

      Dave this is Selebi personal life.

      Gideon - 2012-01-24 11:40

      It aint his personal life if he's trying to dodge the sentence handed down to him in court. This man screwed you over too dude, unless you happen to be a criminal or mafiosi, and I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt on that one!

      Bryan - 2012-01-24 12:07

      Ahh, Sganja the troll is back to his best..!! I guess the two of you are suffering from the same ailment Sganja..., It's known as being an idiot. Why dont you both do us all a favour and just die..!! That would be good news for a changs.

      Gideon - 2012-01-24 12:13

      Bryan, you crack me up.

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-24 12:33

      I won't die Bryan, I will live another 50 years. @Gideon is about health of Selebi, if he is sick then there is medical parole.

      Gideon - 2012-01-24 12:43

      The question being, and this is a very serious question, is Mr. Selebi really sick? He could be, yes indeed, but the public is sceptical. Remember Shabir Shake, the el Presidente's friend and trusted advisor? He's terminally ill, on death's doorstep, medical parole too. He's been playing Golf for the past how-many years? If Selebi is really ill, then fine: parole him. But I don't believe he is.

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-24 13:00

      @Gedion Well I'm not sure if you don't believe doctors, who are you going to believe?

      Gideon - 2012-01-24 13:03

      I believe my own intuition. Doctors lied about Shaik too.

      procold2 - 2012-01-24 14:04

      gideon you are feeding a troll

      Gideon - 2012-01-24 14:18

      Sorry Procol, wasn't intentional feeding I promise. I prefer letting trolls starve.

  • Pietertjie - 2012-01-24 10:59

    Agree. Rather give is updates on his repayment of legal fees he was ordered by the Court to do. Bluddy å®ßehøle agent!!

  • Edwin - 2012-01-24 11:00

    more donkey poo

  • Cina - 2012-01-24 11:02

    Ag shame how can he have any stress his lying in a bed. And what stress can there be just to let the public know if he is still alive and kicking. This is a easy way to just send him home and none would be the wiser we as the taxpayer will think his is in hospital and meantime he is lying next to the pool with a cocktail.

      Mike - 2012-01-24 11:07

      Or playing golf with Shaik.

      Juan - 2012-01-24 16:49

      We just want him to get well so that he can be introduced to his cell mate

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 11:07

    who gives a cr@p!? The last article i read said "His condition was believed to be deteriorating."... i stopped reading there & started clapping

      David - 2012-01-24 11:39

      And the Oscar for Best Performance in a comedy/tragedy/crime thriller/farce/police fiction goes to....

  • Tahseen - 2012-01-24 11:14

    Compassion left the building a looooooong time ago..

  • Comrade - 2012-01-24 11:14


  • Thabile - 2012-01-24 11:16

    Amazing how ya'll don't have mercy on Jackie Selebi who didn't kill anyone, yet just now you were shouting for Eugine DeCock to be parolled. The same man who went on a black people killing spree!

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-01-24 11:23

      @thabile, please stop playing with madams computer, go and do the ironing now !!!!

      Dave - 2012-01-24 11:24

      @Thabile - I don't agree with De Kock being paroled, but there is no need to make this a racial thing. Simply put, ANYONE found guilty of any crime, against anyone or the state - including our honourable President - needs to pay their debt to society. If broader society feels that the debt has been paid and the offender is truly remorseful, only then can we talk about parole. Any individual impacted by the crime in question has the freedom to challenge that parole. In this particular instance, every citizen of this country was impacted by this man's crimes and he has shown nothing but defiance until he hit the end of the road and his wheels came off. Whether or not our collective conscience can forgive this man remains to be seen - don't hold your breath.

      Thabile - 2012-01-24 11:51

      @Dave, everything on this website is a racial thing, like it or not. I just wonder if we wouldn't be singing a different tune if Jackie Selebi was white! @raegan.mcreed, get with the program dude, those days are long gone. We (blacks) are living the life now, succesful and educated as ever. If that's too much for you to stomach, Netherlands or any other racist country is waiting for you! Vamoes!

      Michael - 2012-01-24 12:14

      Don't you mean 'vamos' Thabile?? Educated as ever you say?? The irony..

      Andre - 2012-01-24 12:20

      Thabile successful? because you got a job because of affirmative action? educated? because standards had to be lowered so some of you could pass? and what are you successful at? wasting the taxpayers money on bling and parties, while the huddled masses live in squalor? black people should hang their heads in shame with the way they are exploiting their own people in this country, and the party faithful get away with enriching themselves and their families and buddies. Your children will pay the price!

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-24 12:34

      Tell them Thabile, you got my support.

      Craig - 2012-01-24 12:36

      er T,dutch people are some of the least rascist people on this earth.

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 12:43

      Selebi was head of Interpol and the police chief. Two positions that require honesty and integrity. The whole of South Africa and the Police force believed in him and trusted him with one of the most important jobs. Oh and i do not know a single sole who wanted Eugene out of prison, but then McBride is a free man.

      Dave - 2012-01-24 14:08

      @Thabile it is indeed sad that everything in these forums boils down to bigotry, small mindedness and racism. Having said that, you are baiting your antagonists by injecting race into your comments. Why can you not level the playing field by comparing one criminal act with the other rather than comparing the criminals to each other based on something as superficial as race. As they say in the classics "Hate the sin, not the sinner".

      Rod - 2012-01-24 14:13

      @tha-bile. Did you buy your "education" like your drivers licence. Because the comments from you are a clear indcation that you are still brain dead. Maybe electro therapy could help.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-24 11:17

    Media blackout so we dont know that he has been paroled due to ill health.........thats why

      Pietertjie - 2012-01-24 11:37

      But I want him to be "paroled." Kick him out in the street that he dies without us spending more money on him!

      Juan - 2012-01-24 16:52

      I really wouldn't put it past our regime to pull such a stunt.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-24 11:18

    What a crock of sh@t!!!! Did this dirt bag have compassion for the families of the drug addicts whos lives were destroyed when you allowed drugs onto the strees???? If he had won his appeal he would be living the high life at home! Mr Selebi you lost the right for compassion,sympathy and favours when you sold your country and people out!Now you are just a burden on tax payers money and are no different to any other prisoner so why should you get special treatment? Our tax money is paying for your "medical crisis" so we have a right to know how much longer we have to keep wasting our money!!!!!

      E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 11:45

      i agree with your comments, but please remove your 1 & ? buttons... they might be dirty & it looks like they're sticking a bit

  • Phil - 2012-01-24 11:27

    Well, Well, Well, imagine that! Selebi is doing the SHAIK RATTLE AND ROLL and will disappear under the radar again, covered by all his pals in Government. I wonder if Correctionalo Services give the same consideration to HIV/AIDS terminally ill patients?

  • Gideon - 2012-01-24 11:28

    Why? Because he got kicked out of the ICU at Steve Biko Academic to make room for a patient that's actually, you know, sick? Even if they report that Jacki Selebi has passed away I won't believe it unless I see him in a casket with the death certificate on his chest. And then just maybe!

  • Ronald - 2012-01-24 11:35

    The SA political manoeuvring normally starts with a news blackout or lies. Watch this space

  • Larry - 2012-01-24 11:40


  • Herbert - 2012-01-24 12:02

    No wonder!!! Reading this made me sick, too!

  • bafana.skosana - 2012-01-24 12:03

    why did it took so long to stop this, mxm

  • braamc - 2012-01-24 12:08

    Off course there will be silence. Just let me know and hopefully shortly when I can start making the sandwiches and tea for after the service

  • Michelle - 2012-01-24 12:09

    "Selebi's health deteriorated after he lost his appeal against a corruption conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeals last year." Being found guilty probably can cause you to be sick, but this is just ridiculous!! He needs to face the consequences instead of wasting our money on a five-star hospital stay!!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-24 12:09

    What a relief!

  • pberchu - 2012-01-24 12:18

    Finally...just let him be.

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-01-24 12:27

    Jackie and Glen went up the hill To fetch a pile of cash. Jackie fell down and lost his crown, But Glen made a dash. Up Jackie got, and to ICU did trot, This pain must surely be renal? Please Dame Zuma, don’t be a knob Like Shabir I shan’t do penal!

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 12:44

      brilliant :))

  • Phumi - 2012-01-24 12:29

    Another example of a caring government for human dignity. Those who oppose this are driven by hatred and disregard of our basic constitutional rights based on human values. Then again they won't know this because they long for the day we go back to the old order of doing things! Release Selebi now and let him die with dignity he deserves as a person who served his country well and a MK veteran!

      devin.corney - 2012-01-24 13:31

      Thieving criminals deserve no dignity you moron! The only part of your statement I agree with is, "...let him die..."

      Dave - 2012-01-24 15:24

      @Phumi - so, to be fair and level minded in your judgement, I guess you will also be supporting the release of Clive Derby-Lewis? Unless of course you are one of "Those who oppose this are driven by hatred and disregard of our basic constitutional rights based on human values." I don't think he should be eligible for parole personally, but Correctional Services did not even provide the most basic of healthcare when the man was severely ill. My own view is that the death penalty would relieve much of this squandering of taxpayers money, but we have to adhere to the laws of the land.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-01-24 12:30

    Damn - He was our police chief pls keep me update on his recovery then he can join the ex police hit squad chief and hundreds of other police cheats that we payed taxes for and thought we were in safe hands. Ja Ja

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-01-24 12:32

    It seems you safer and more cared for in jail as most criminals are on the outside - I starting to get thoughts here.

  • comrade.zondi - 2012-01-24 12:34

    Eish Someone show this convicyed criminal what a putter is. He will need it when he plays golf with his fellow convicted criminal, Shaik.

  • Andre - 2012-01-24 12:46


  • Justin - 2012-01-24 12:54

    hhmmmmm??? out of sight out of mind???

  • Andre - 2012-01-24 13:27

    You are bulls!.ting no one.......let him go home and get over it.

  • Ziggie - 2012-01-24 13:43

    wtf, who cares.....

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-24 13:44

    News about the fact that there's no news. How novel.

  • Peter - 2012-01-24 14:56

    He is a prisoner, he is a criminal, he has to serve 15 years. The only strain I am worried about is the strain on the tax paying public.

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