Prison authorities must decide on Selebi, NPA says

2011-12-05 22:26

Johannesburg - Jackie Selebi's fate now lies with prison authorities, the national prosecuting authority said on Monday, after the ex-police boss was booked into Pretoria Central Prison.

"The prison authorities will decide how he should be dealt with from now on," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

In a statement, the department of correctional services said that once Selebi was presented to a correctional facility, he would be taken through normal administrative and assessment processes.

"The assessment is focused on the security risks he would pose to the correctional system as well as an analysis of his personal and medical well-being."

Earlier on Monday, investigating officer Andrew Leask, who was in possession of a committal warrant, met Selebi and his lawyers at the Pretoria Central Prison.

He was spirited out of Jacaranda Hospital by wheelchair, through a back entrance, from where a white bakkie took him to the prison's medical facility through a side entrance.

Selebi, who was reportedly incoherent and disoriented on arrival, was being held in the prison's medical facility, accompanied by his wife.

Selebi's appeal against his corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, which means he has to serve his sentence of a 15 year jail term.

He watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, his attorney Wynanda Coetzee said at the time.

He was taken to hospital in Pretoria and was supposed to have started serving his sentence on Sunday.

Coetzee met the registrar of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

There was no court appearance by the lawyers, and the time the former police number one had to report for sentence was not extended.

Coetzee said a medical report indicated that Selebi's episode on Friday was as a result of a long-standing condition.

She would not say what this was.

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

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time.

The NPA said Selebi's lawyers approached it 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.

  • Shaun - 2011-12-05 22:51

    Is anyone else preparing to leave this site because of the vodacom adds?

      Moss - 2011-12-06 08:32

      Haha, irritating I tell you, but sure they paid in millions which even if you read their news your entire life you never gonna give them....

  • Samora - 2011-12-05 22:56

    in sickness and in health, till 15 years do us part. you may now kiss the groom

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2011-12-05 23:03

    Where are the his tjommies

      Phil.Kleynhans - 2011-12-05 23:04

      I dont think there is enough place in jail

      Lourens - 2011-12-06 14:54

      There will be no one left to run the government if all his tjommies are also locked up for corruption.

  • Bob - 2011-12-05 23:24

    If you won’t disclose what the long standing illness is...then don’t frigging mention it..! Bunch of conniving duckers and divers…!

      John - 2011-12-06 04:20

      Trust me they will find some loophole to release him on "humanitarian" grounds. This bullsh%^&t about a long standing illness is how it's going to start. They will find some crooked sangoma to testify that he only has a month or two to live. Then he walks! I bet the forfeiture mob will leave him alone too. Any bets???

      Anthony - 2011-12-06 06:07

      yes you on?

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  • Madzela Jabu - 2011-12-06 05:47

    we all have to reap what we saw sick or not

      Deeteem - 2011-12-06 06:00

      And what we sow too !!

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-06 06:02

    Re open Robben Island as a Comrades Detention Centre and lets see how fast it can be filled !!

      Anthony - 2011-12-06 06:18

      will one week be to long?

      George - 2011-12-06 06:43

      Robin Island Old Boys moving to new venue

      Cameronl - 2011-12-06 08:00

      fantastic idea, put the lot of them of the island and forget it even exists, let those corrupt bastards rot there

      Lourens - 2011-12-06 14:56

      I think the same people will be put back there for corruption - ha ha ha. Like I always say - 99% of all ANC officials make the other look bad.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-06 06:26

    I don't think we should be so naive to think that this is only about justice. Only about wrong/right. This man is jailed now, under the circumstances prevailing now, to serve the interests of the current master. There are many wrongdoings, many injustices which are embedded in the current hierarchy, of flavours past and present,which are blanketed now, but which could later emerge as a pillar of support for a new master.

      Peter - 2011-12-06 07:16


      Heinrich - 2011-12-06 08:24

      Peter: Hopefully an alliance between Mother Freedom, Lady Justice and Mr. Equality.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-06 07:06

    looks like he is my friend finished and klaar is finished and klaar

  • Peter - 2011-12-06 07:11

    It is quite amazing that all of a sudden selebi is sick sic,, maybe he is having withdrawl symptoms already, not out boozing with all his pals and gangster friends

  • malcolm - 2011-12-06 07:23

    The interesting thing about the mentality of ANC cadres, is that even if they were given their lives to relive, they would commit the same crimes again. If we could somehow turn the clock around and take all Selebis crimes away, he would not be able to resist the temptation to commit crime again. The ANC cadres, are addicted to power and money. It is a disease that devours them, and it seems to be contagious in their circles. Correctional facilities are designed to rehabilitate criminals and steer them onto honest and moral life styles. ANC cadres are beyond being corrected. They need to be isolated from ordinary citizens. Perhaps one of those floating prisons far out at sea, with no possibility of ever docking again, would be an appropriate resting place for the ANC government leadership.

  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-06 07:29

    Shame. Hope he packed the vaseline. Pappa is waiting.

  • Ann - 2011-12-06 07:32

    Ok so Selebi is behind bars. Now what about all those other Ministers when do they go on trial!!!! In South Africa you might as well do the crime if you are a Minister in the ANC because you wont do the time. Seems your membership card is like a ticket to one free corruption charge on the public.

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-06 07:58

    I couldnt agree more with @Peter, bring in Zille, she's doing a great job, OUT with the anc, corruption is their motto

  • Leon - 2011-12-06 09:33

    "Selebi, who was reportedly incoherent and disoriented on arrival"...finished his last bottle of Johnny Blue????

  • Shirley - 2011-12-06 11:11

    First step of remorse is to admit youve done wrong. Man up Selebi-you took the money,disgraced your country now just do the time and stop with all the incoherant cr@p! If this is a long standing "illness" how come you werent too incoherent to give your bankig details to Aggliotti??? Be a man!

  • madsipho - 2011-12-07 16:08

    Selebi Selebi Selebi, are there no other interesting news that we can read on this boring site? I know that Selebi will pull a Schaikitis fever once they throw him behind bars..

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