Selebi discharged from ICU - report

2012-01-23 22:34

Johannesburg - Disgraced former police chief Jackie Selebi has been discharged from the intensive care unit of Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, SABC radio news reported on Monday night.

Selebi was back in an ordinary ward after being stabilised, Correctional Services Commissioner Tom Moyane told the broadcaster.

"Selebi is in the kidney unit where he has been undergoing dialysis," he said.

A hospital official earlier told the Sowetan newspaper that a "weak" Selebi was moved from the nephrology (kidney) unit, where he had been undergoing dialysis, to the ICU on Wednesday.

He was wheeled into the hospital's nuclear medicine unit for X-rays, the official told the newspaper. This was where they checked for cancerous tumours. Selebi was also being examined by cardiologists.

"Yes, Mr Selebi is not well. The situation has degenerated... The doctors who attended to him had to send him to an ICU unit," Moyane told SABC news earlier on Monday.

The former president of the international police unit, Interpol, was admitted to hospital in December.

He collapsed in his Pretoria home after learning that his appeal against a 15-year jail sentence for corruption had failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-23 22:49

    Yesterday and this morning i thought he was not going to make it through the day.maybe Shaik does not want to play golf with him

      Anthony - 2012-01-24 05:32

      this hole thing was planned now he gets free medical.

      Wesley - 2012-01-24 06:06

      Not free medical, "Get out of kail card"

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-23 22:51

    Please give this old a man a break he learned the lesson

      Vic - 2012-01-23 23:25

      Bull dust, he must park off like the rest of the thieves.

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-23 23:31

      let the bastard die in jail along side the rest of our corupt polititions

      Gregory - 2012-01-24 07:19

      Makatika. Please elaborate on your interesting comment. I must have missed something vital about his repentance or saying he wishes to give back the money he corruptly received. Where was this statement of his? I always enjoy when the corrupt ask for forgiveness and learn their lessons. In that case, free him, along with every other lowlife criminal who says sorry. Oh hold on, a colleague says he has never even acknowledged his guilt, only claimed his innocence. He needs to get out of that hospital and into a prison CELL, with the rest of the incarcerated, and serve his sentence, or die trying!

      George - 2012-01-24 08:09

      Many happy returns

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 08:17

      This guy was chief of our police force and worse the head of Interpol. The world must laugh at us.

      Mattewis - 2012-01-24 09:56

      It's only in your contorted disillusioned world where no sense of justice prevails, that statements like this can be made. You have no idea of the magnitude of the fact that this guy was the head of Interpol! Does it not disgrace and shame you to know that such a high honor bestowed on your country, was trampled on in utter contempt by the corrupt actions of this "old man"? The Nazi war criminals are also "very old men", and if discovered even today after nearly 70 years, they are still hanged!

      Michelle - 2012-01-24 10:51

      As an "old man" he is well aware of "actions have consequences". But just like the rest of our corrupt government, he refuses to accept responsibility!! Jails do have medical facilities!!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-23 23:01

    And we still have to pay for this guy to get hospital treatment. When does the TAX payer get what they deserve ? Damn the man.

      John - 2012-01-24 04:42

      Dear Jody, Your tax money was utilised for the bursting pipe in Randfontein last month. Please create a fondation "Free Selebi" where everyone can donate and keep Comrade Selebi in hospital. Tax Money was not enough to pay doctor Raul Vasquez. Unfortunately my tax money was used for ANC campaigns. I'm deeply sorry that I cannot contribute to this "honorable" event.

      procold2 - 2012-01-24 09:00

      Sorry John, as much as i would like to help the cause of com. selebi, i just found out that half of my tax money was used for the birthday bash and the other half was allocated to the bail out of limpopo, i will be appealing this as i live in gauteng and have a pothole in my street that needs repairing

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-23 23:24

    He learned his lesson? - how do you know?, Yengeni, Shaik , Travelgate MP,s ( all of them no matter the political party), Half of Limpopo officials, Sicelo Shiceka , Bheki Cele..I can go on, NONE of the above have paid fully for their deeds, shame the old man is sick lets take pity, me wonders if I connive with gangsters, accept "ilunch moneey", then lie under oath with a smile will the public be forgiving with me if I become ill? Nope I think not.Sick or not he should be accountable and face the consequences.Period.

      Max - 2012-01-24 05:33

      You are right, he was convicted for 166K that is actually very little in the South African context where stealing is becoming our national sport. If we look at the amount of money he took as a bribe, there are many others that deserves it more to be in jail than him. What we are forgetting is that Selebi was the head of police at the time, in charge of our safety and security and by making information available to criminals he jeopardised that. For the misuse of his position and for his deliberate actions to defy the ends of justice he must serve his full jail term.

      Dave - 2012-01-24 11:03

      Paul, you forgot about the head honcho in your list of disgraced officials... did he receive a presidential pardon???

  • Corbin Carlyle Alexander - 2012-01-23 23:40

    I say the HAWKS should do an investigation into the bank accounts of this guys doctors. I'm sure u'll see some extra cash being put in here. Doctors must be on the pay roll

      John - 2012-01-24 04:30

      @Corbin You might missed how Comrade Selebi was operating undercover. It's all cash

  • Steve - 2012-01-23 23:52

    "Comrade Selebi has been released after finishing his creme brulee" Cuban-trained panelbeater and part-time nephrologic surgeon Raul Vasquez confirmed on Monday. "The peasant wards were having jelly and custard for desert, and Comrade Jackie quite rightly pointed out he did not join the struggle to eat jelly. After three hours of intense examination I can advise we have found the source of his ailment. The leather shoes Agliotti gave him were a size too small, his feet were killing him....."

      Mabs - 2012-01-24 02:06


  • Cracker - 2012-01-24 00:33

    If he is really on his last whatever he must be allowed to go home. BUT the same approach must be applied to ALL inmates. If it appears later that they are not quite so ill, take them back into custody. However, if the diagnostics are made fairly and independently the take-back situation should very seldom arise.

      Burton - 2012-01-24 10:37

      You understand this logic is flawed. It is easier to skip the country with your idea. It is all a act. He will never see the inside of a jail cell and in 5 years time he will be lying on a boat with Shaik and his other corrupt mates laughing it all off.

  • miyo27 - 2012-01-24 01:34

    Good! now throw him into jail. like literally throw him.

      Juan - 2012-01-24 02:56

      No shame wheel him in

      Burton - 2012-01-24 10:37

      I would say roll him in or maybe let him just walk in!

  • Michael - 2012-01-24 05:01

    Joseph Goebbels would be proud of this propaganda! I am more offended that these people think that we are stupid enough to believe this. How can they actually stand in front of the media, and talk this much cr@p with a straight face. I struggle to tell a small white lie, I cannot hide my embarrassment. Are these people to thick themselves to ever feel embarrassed?

  • Anthony - 2012-01-24 05:11

    Early yesterday morning, I made a comment re Jackie Selebi. I said that I believed, it was a disgrace that he had not been pardoned , or at the least freed. For reasons for saying this, I mentioned that in a country , where GREED and CORRUPTION are a national decease, and amounts to hundreds of millions, if not billions of Rands, he took...........R162 000 Sure, R162 000 too much !! Further I mentioned that the person that paid him this money, convicted drug dealer Glen Agliotti, still has to spend one day in jail!!!! The reaction was frightening; At the very least, I got 600 "thumb down" , within a matter of hours!!!! There were plenty insults directed at me. But both the .thumbs down, and the insults, don't bother me, as if you believe in something,even if you are in a minority, one should have the courage to stand up !! Sometime during the day, News24, for some unknown reason, deleted my comment,including the many reactions to it. But the comments posted on this site re this article, were beyond believe. Few had anything to do with combatting crime. I believe there are very few comment sites in the world, with soo much HATRED and RACISM. I am 63 years old, and for the very first time in my life, I say; I AM ASHAMED TO BE WHITE!!!!!!!!

      Michael - 2012-01-24 05:23

      That is rather silly Anthony. It is your character that one should worry about, and character is not dependent on the color of your skin. If you are so easily ashamed to be white, then you will forever be ashamed. Letting people that you have never met having so much influence over you is rather weak.

      Yar - 2012-01-24 05:52

      @Anthony It's OK to have a set of beliefs. The 600 thumbs downs are not an attack on your right to have principles. It is however a strong indication that you have missed the point and are just dead WRONG. What part of "Selebi is a crook, has been convicted and needs to face the consequences of his actions" is so difficult to understand. By the way, I am ashamed that you are white, when you spout such unmitigated rubbish.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-24 06:49

      You are not ALL wrong, Anthony. Selebi's transgressions are relatively small compared to what others are getting away with. There really IS so much hatred and racism on this site.

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-24 07:03

      Just keep in mind that they got Al Capone on tax evation..

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-24 07:04


      Anthony - 2012-01-24 07:40

      @Yar, I don't think I missed the point. Selebi did wrong !!! He was disgraced-----deservedly !! He was fired from his job---deservedly !! He was charged and convicted of corruption---deservedly!!! He has more than likely lost everything he ever worked for---deservedly ! But this man has also done a lot of good for this country. More than likely, a lot more, than anyone commenting on this site !!! He is not a youngster any more, he is frail and ill, ( to what extend is not at issue ) This man has been punished for his wrtong doings. But, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH LET HIM GO !!!!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-24 08:04

      Ha ha ha ha... Told You so Anthony! You think 'love thy brother' mentality works in this day? You cant teach common sense, its a genetic thing. Like when millions of stupid voters think their leaders are doing them justice, as Selebi did. Certain facts in life can not be changed like I cannot swim with sharks. I cannot live with people whos mindset is to blame the whites forever!!

      George - 2012-01-24 08:21

      @ Anthony Time to retire. Remember there is a time to talk and a time to listen. I could never understand why 5000 people were wrong and only I was right

      Andries - 2012-01-24 08:39

      Your slip is showing, Anthony dear.. Close the closet door,please.

      wayne.nkuna - 2012-01-24 12:08

      im black and i think selibi should pay, nothing racist there, he is simply a criminal.....

      Yar - 2012-01-24 22:27

      @anthony You seem to think that because Selebi only took R162K, it is OK. Just 2 comments: - The man was the chief of police and swore to uphold the law, not use it to supplement his income - Please tell me at what financial level is corruption not a crime, maybe R164K or more. Is it inflation linked?

  • Larry - 2012-01-24 06:52

    Yesterday the report was that he was in a worse condition and at deaths door. Today he is discharged from ICU? WTF, send the guy to Jail where he belongs. Enough now.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-24 07:07

    DAMMIT! So I will just keep the champagne in the fridge then. How dissapointing the scumbag did not die and go to hell!

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-24 08:03

    Nephrology unit, ICU, nuclear meddicine unit, cardiology, is it just me or do we get the feeling that they are trying very hard to find something wrong with him that could lead to a medical parole?

  • lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 08:46

    and the longer the criminal makes his stay in hospital under going expencive tests that the normal man on street cant aford tieng up faciletys making them un availeble to those that need it he kaaps stealing. thank you anc/coruption central for alowing this to continue and rendering our country useless and in disrepair.

  • mabotjak - 2012-01-24 09:13

    The wrong guy is being crucified here, whilst the real culprits are wondering in the streets. Jack Jack should be released unconditionally.

  • Susan - 2012-01-24 09:50

    We still dont buy it....

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-01-24 10:23

    South Africa's discovery of the Shaikalitis syndrome shouild be more broadly celebrated. If we don't blow our own trumpet the world will not know of this groundbreaking HIV there seems to be no cure.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-24 10:48

    thats "CODE" for..Selebi is being moved to the penthouse suite.

  • Mark - 2012-01-24 11:56

    I want to say something but I'm not allowed to say it. (damn) Okay. "A-boo-hoo-hoo!"

  • Rond - 2012-01-24 13:42

    Wie betaal daai rekening

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