Selebi briefing postponed

2011-12-22 19:10

Pretoria - A media briefing about former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi's health, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed, the National Press Club said.

The briefing, by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, was postponed due to "new developments" and the need for consultations with doctors, press club chair Yusuf Abramjee said on Thursday.

A new date would be announced later.

The minister had scheduled the briefing about Selebi's health following 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.

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.

'Kidney failure'

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.

Under the headline on its website, "Selebi fights for his life", The New Age reported that 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.

Correctional services had said Selebi would not be discriminated against on the basis of his criminal record.

The newspaper claims 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 he reportedly suffered kidney failure and had twice been admitted for emergency treatment.

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

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

  • Comrade - 2011-12-22 19:15

    BECAUSE THEY CHANGED THE CONDITION QUICKLY. Was going to be kidney - now its going to be the heart or blood pressure...WATCH!!!!!!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-22 19:39

      The Space Ball in Namibia was carrying alien bacteria and Selebi has been infected.

      Kala - 2011-12-23 08:56

      I have never heard of a shock (as in surprised) causing kidney failure. Heart failure yes. The minister's spokesman is not sure whether Jax is coming or going.

  • Ben - 2011-12-22 19:26

    He was indirectly responsible for the destruction of many lives. His own life is destroyed and this all because he was appointed in a position for the wrong reasons.

      Bongani - 2011-12-22 19:37

      True Ben. If he is really as sick as these conflicting stories say, then this just proves, there is justice. Maybe not in our courts, but you reap what you sow. He helped the supply of drugs to many. Pity the Kingpin is running around free.

      Ben - 2011-12-22 19:54

      If I think of what his wife and children must be going through when they did nothing wrong the justice is there, but a very cruel justice for them. Dont criminals think of that?

  • Larry - 2011-12-22 19:29

    Need more time to get the story right.

  • Shoosh - 2011-12-22 19:38

    The plot to grant him a Shaiky medical parole is playing out according to the script. Create confusion with conflicting reports on his health, postpone the media briefing making another statement on his illness only this time make it so tear jerking that the next statement will be a la Shabby Shick, "Mr Selebi is to be released on medical grounds after condultation with his doctors, specialists, surgeons & nurses as he is terminally ill & needs to be at home with his family for his last few days to ppass with dignity."

      Shoosh - 2011-12-22 19:59

      make that conSultation not condultation

      stevefortuin - 2011-12-22 21:39

      The laws around medical 'parole' have been reviewed and improved after the whole Shaik saga. Shouldn't happen again.

  • Johan Britz - 2011-12-22 19:39

    As much as a joke this is, my main thing here is with the doctors that actually sign off on this circus. They should lose their licences.

      Itumeleng - 2011-12-25 21:15


  • Shoe - 2011-12-22 19:39

    Mhhh, its to know who to believe. But, giving the dude benefit of doubt, and feeling truely sorry for him. If this is they are doing a Shaik on us again, shame on them.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-22 19:40

    I sincerely hope he endorsed all of his life insurance policies to us, the taxpayers, to repay his legal fees

  • - 2011-12-22 19:43

    The shock of being found guilty was so bad that he pi$$ed himself and ruptured his kidney! And now he's supposedly on the waiting list for a kidney!? He already owes the state something like R17m right? So lets assume he gets a donor, then the state (and us tax payers) will probably have to pay his medical bill too!!!

      John - 2011-12-23 04:16, you know why his kidney is donald's all the whiskey he has been drinking from his new found wealth, the bribe monies. Couldn't afford it when he was in his kraal!

  • Jimmy - 2011-12-22 19:46

    please summon this mobster to the can already without further a due..

  • Leon - 2011-12-22 19:49

    Yea, Shaik was also fighting for his he's fighting on the golf course!

  • stevefortuin - 2011-12-22 21:37

    Karma... It comes around. This guy should not be on the transplant list. There are far more worthy candidates.

  • vanwyk.petronel - 2011-12-23 08:00

    How many other people need dialysis and have to wait for years... and he gets it every 4 hours??? This is so unfair... so may people are dying bec there is just no dialysis machine available to them, but he walks in ad gets preferential treatment. What a life a for the wealthy criminals... Clive derby Lewis needs treatment - does he receive it???

      Itumeleng - 2011-12-25 21:21

      NEVER HAD OF EVERY 4 HOURS DIALYSIS DAILY.......IT IS DONE over 4hrs ONCE A DAY I.E EVERY 24HRS, a lot of LIES here, they are cooking something here lets wait and hear

  • Chris - 2011-12-23 08:04

    He will join Shaik soon on the golf course

  • ezekiel.ratshefola - 2011-12-23 10:50

    ''Selebi watched the judgment on television at home and collapsed when he heard the outcome,''. Did he collapse because of the Chivas he had or the news on tv. You be the judge.

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-23 11:50

    Well they looked at what they were going to say, it sounded ridiculous and now have to come up with something more feasable for the trusting majority. That doesn't include us.

      Itumeleng - 2011-12-25 21:23

      no trusting in drug trafficking our kids are at risk here

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-25 21:14

    he remains in jail he has not even started the term, if he goes it means the justice system encourages corruption, he must be sick in jail for his own deeds, WE WILL BE WATCHING HOW IT UNFOLDS AND THE REACTION OF THE GOVERNMENT IT WILL BE FUN TO WATCH.

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