Selebi gets dialysis, terminally ill must wait

2012-07-25 09:10

Johannesburg - Disgraced former police chief Jackie Selebi is receiving state dialysis at a Pretoria public hospital, while a terminally ill woman was turned away, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Times reported that Suzette Janse van Rensburg was told she had a month to live and would have died if her family had not paid R66 000 on the kidney treatment at a private hospital.

Her son-in-law Martin Kried expressed shock at the news that Selebi was being treated at Steve Biko Academic Hospital while 82 patients were on the dialysis waiting list.

"Why is he getting better treatment than my mother or anybody else in the same boat?"

Janse van Rensburg, who suffers from chronic renal failure, approached Charlotte Maxeke hospital for dialysis but was told that there were 10 patients ahead of her on the waiting list.

She would only move up the list if other patients either died or received kidney transplants.

"I was saddened and depressed that the state could not do anything for me," Janse van Rensburg said.
The corruption-convicted Selebi was granted medical parole on Friday.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-25 09:18

    why am I not surprised ?? hold hands with zuma in the shower and the world is your oyster.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-25 10:08

      he must be polishing the spear for that kind of preferencial treatment

  • desertratbkf - 2012-07-25 09:21

    Why doesn't this criminal just die already!!!!!

  • mark.fotheringham.14 - 2012-07-25 09:23


  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-07-25 09:25

    It is sad that others do get to wait for treatment!! I too agree that we are all equal, and we need the same treatment too!! But reality in this country, if you have been or still part of the government you have a government medical aid and you are pushed I front of the queu !!!

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-25 10:02

      No Nina not all government people on Gems M/A get preferencial treatment or jumps q, it is only if u are an anc scumbag in or out of office that gets the A1 treatment, and u must have some bad thing against the leader

      nina.ignjatov - 2012-07-25 11:00

      They all do trust me!!! I know.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-25 14:54

      No Nina, we are not equal we who have not forfeited our basic rights are superior to the criminals who has. He must infact wait in line.

  • Henk - 2012-07-25 09:25

    It is time that we follow the Chinese method to deal with corrupt politicians. Then we would not have to read this drivel....

  • jay.blaze.16 - 2012-07-25 09:27

    Surely there must be a case against such blatant disregard and violation of the constitutional rights of those affected by such gross bias by a PUBLIC hospital.. shame on us South Africa!

      desertratbkf - 2012-07-25 09:30

      There must be a case, but do these filthy vermin in this despicable government give a damn?! The trash are ALL above the law!

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-25 09:29

    Not suprised at all, unfortunately our government is turning our country into a laughing stock and what is sad is there is nothing we can do about it but keep paying the taxes #sucks

      andrew.arde - 2012-07-25 09:35

      Well, there is something you can anyone but the ANC in 2014!

      gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-07-25 10:46

      O Andrew, wouldn't that be the best thing ever that can happen to this country?! How I pray for this to happen!!!!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-25 16:27

      Correctional services said the other day upon Selebi's release that at least the government won't have to cover his dialysis costs anymore. clearly that was just another lie

  • caponeil - 2012-07-25 09:31

    Yet we complain, complain, complain as white people but we do not march, toi toi or anything. When will enough be enough and we do the same?? Like the good Afrikaans saying "Moenie laat ek my moer strip nie"?

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-25 09:36

      And give the ANC a chance to get even more support by labelling all of us racists?

  • justin.holland.50596 - 2012-07-25 09:32

    Booooohoooooooo, he is a thief. PRISON

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-25 09:34

    Reverse apartheid!!!

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-07-25 09:34

    How many people died and was raped while he was in charge?

  • EthanDade - 2012-07-25 09:35

    Why? Why? Why are they keeping corrupted officials alive? Lock him away in a public prison. That is all he deserves. Watch, it is going to be the public that are going to have to pay for his medical expenses!

  • vicky.vangemert - 2012-07-25 09:37

    If he was bumped up the list, yes, it is disgusting and it should be investigated. It is also a known fact that he has been on dialysis for some time already. How long has he been receiving dialysis at this hospital? Since the start of his treatment? Or only since he has been released on medical parole? News24 should provide all the background. This snippet only serves to fuel people's anger and sense of unfairness. No comment from the hospital? Poor reporting.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-25 09:58

      According to the Daily mMverick he was treated at the Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria before starting his jail term at the Pretoria Central prison. Selebi spent much of the past seven months at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, where he reportedly underwent dialysis up to three times a day. That makes it even more disgusting - that he was given dialysis treatment while in prison in preference to innocent taxpaying citizens who deserve it more than he does.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-25 09:38

    Dear diary - feel cheated today, my taxes are paying for Selebi's trial. I am defending a criminal scumbag. Dear diary - Selebi was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail so my taxes will now pay for his upkeep in prison. Dear diary - Selebi is out of prison, but now my taxes are paying for his medical bills. Dear diary - Selebi died today - so happy. Dear diary - not happy anymore because my taxes will be paying for his state funeral. Dear diary - Selebi's widow is claiming a state pension - my taxes are just not getting a break here. It never ends, does it???????

      Sagin - 2012-07-25 09:53

      we all do kyle. ignoramus

      ava1962 - 2012-07-25 21:48

      @kyle.... don't u pay tax ? I say government should investigate you !

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-25 09:38

    To all ANC cadres comrades voters thugs all of you past and present including the stupid who claim they dont know that you are evil, the clever cadres who trained in russia who claim they did not understand that their buddies were crooks and all those who wont vote for an honest politician because there is nothing in it for them a day is going to come when we the the ordinary people are going to get so angry with you we are going to spit on you in the street.

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-25 09:39

    He is getting treatment becos he belongs to the anc mafia clan mate.Did you not know all these donkeys get free treatment yet they wanna close our eyes to say he must pay his own bill as if we are all idiots .

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-07-25 09:40

    Unacceptable, who ever bumped Selebi up the list must be fired, and Selebi must be put at the bottom of the list.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-07-25 09:40

    Straight out of jail to the front of the queue. Shameful & Unconscionable, yet somehow expected.

      mark.tunstall.18 - 2012-07-25 16:40

      I am repeating a previous posting but wich has total relevance again. Pay your party membership and qualify for, not only a free T shirt, a guaranteed job for life (where your performance or lack thereof will never be questioned), immunity from accountability, grants for whatever your heart desires. And that is not all you get, as a card carrying member enjoy the long term service benefit of "Get out of jail free" card which is redeemable at any of our correctional facilities. You will be embraced by your comrades in arms (crime) who understand your plight and who are prepared to fight your fight. But wait, thats no all, join now and we will also throw in a JTQ Card (Jump the queue) for your daily convenience. We at the ANC are "making a difference" remember, "A better life for all!" Shocking and disgusting!!

  • james.otter.10 - 2012-07-25 09:40

    A better life for all? Equality?

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-25 10:01

      @james.otter.10...You right...lets remind the anc of their slogan..... A BETTER LIFE.....FOR ALL This slogan is now a laugh !!!

      gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-07-25 10:55

      Maybe something like "A BETTER LAUGH FOR ALL" because this government is one big JOKE!!!!!

  • Melt Olckers - 2012-07-25 09:45

    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-25 09:47

    All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others - the crazy country we are living in.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:22

      Patson, I wish you people will not compare these sorry excuses for humans to animals.

      Arvin - 2012-07-25 20:34

      All animals are equal, but some are more animal than others.

      justin.holland.50596 - 2012-07-26 07:33

      It's a world wide phenomenon, not just in this country.....

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-07-25 09:50

    Really sad state of south african affairs. Its who you know ,that you get medical preference,and not who you are,just an ordinary south african citizen

  • smahlaba - 2012-07-25 09:55

    It's nice being a comrade. No more 'last chance' vote. I'm voting differently next time.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-25 10:21

      smahlaba, good on you, I hope you have a lot of friends you can convince to do the same, trust me it will be better for ALL of us.

      justin.holland.50596 - 2012-07-26 10:24

      Don't vote. That's the answer.

  • salome.scholtz.1 - 2012-07-25 09:57

    Ok so first he gets to have 6hour long \coffee dates\ with his friends on weekends and now this!! He is a criminal and should be treated like one instead he is being treated like South African royalty!

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-25 09:58

    once again STUFF THE VOTERS, hope you die selebi, you arnt even sick so quit acting and go back to jail and rot, thieving disgusting anc druglord scum

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-25 10:03

    Well this very sick, a criminal convicted of corruption gets special treatment. That is also corruption at it's best at that hospital.

  • vusi.masombuka.5 - 2012-07-25 10:06

    I think circumstances were different here. Selebi was in prison hence the state had to take care of him. If this Madame was in prison as well maybe it might have been a different story. I urge her to commit a crime and be convicted then she will receive treatment as well. That will make her a state burden. Why dies she want free medicine when she can afford private medical care? Say yes to NHI then you won't be complaining

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:28

      Vusi, even in private hospitals there isn't anything like free medicine. It could have been your mother having to make place for Selebi. Would you then have told your mother it is her own fault for not having private medical insurance?.

      nadia.graf.50 - 2012-07-25 13:07

      What the hell makes you think she can afford it?

      colin.langley - 2012-07-25 13:52 far the dumbest crap i have ever the hell can you condone this behavior? i CANNOT TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY... either you are sitting in Lathuli house picking your nose or you have escaped a home for the mentally retarded.

      bafana.khoza.16 - 2012-07-25 15:13

      vusi you being childish boss...

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-07-26 16:24

      Your comment has angered me to a degree where i can not believe the level of your mentality. I get the impression that because the lady is white (madam), she should be treated with disdain, while a convicted criminal is entitled to get preferential treatment. Your logic tells us that in order to be treated as equally as Selebi, she too must be a criminal! Also says a lot about your level of integrity and basic ability to tell right from wrong, an inherent ability we are born with! Wow!!!!! This is undoubtedly one of the dumbest most insane comments I have EVER seen on this site.....and there have been many.........

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-25 10:08

    Typical! The electorate mean nothing - the crooks (which includes 99% of the ANC elected crooks) get it all as a freebie on MY tax money!?.

  • busicor.nel - 2012-07-25 10:10

    This is a real shame as its clear these criminals think they are worth something to us alive, more than the hard working fathers and mothers in our country. I must just mention they are not, in case they did not know.

  • pule.s.vic - 2012-07-25 10:14

    Its all about the money and alliances

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-25 10:18

    Wish the artical gave more detail and was verified cause that is apauling if its true, when wil this injustice stop!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-25 10:21

    This is called democracy where preference is given to a buddy even though that person is a convicted criminal and now a free parolee. This country and its administrators are just as sick as Selebi. Remember the ANC looks after its cadres no matter what!

  • ginny.solomou - 2012-07-25 10:26

    Should we be surprised? Is preferential treatment not the norm for this new South Africa?

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-26 08:25

      It could also be a case of Selebe knowing too much about the other anc friends and they better look after him or he starts talking--like with Shaik.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-26 08:31

      If you can find out WHO gave the instructions that he be pushed up front then you know who the next guy is with the most to hide.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-25 10:30

    Disgusting......the disgusting slob should be at the end of the list. He must wait his bloody turn!!!!!

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-07-25 10:38

    Seriuosly....?? criminal gets dialysis but a normal south african gets the back seat. Corrupt damn country!!!!!!

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-07-25 10:46

    Whats new in SA

  • Andrew - 2012-07-25 10:48

    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others-Animal Farm. Ironic it was the pigs that said this in the book

  • desmond.leaner.5 - 2012-07-25 10:52

    This is a news report based on hearsay with no facts. How do we know that Selebi is NOT on the list rightfully? Sure Selebi is a convicted criminal, but our constitution says that he should not be denied medical treatment. Lets get the facts and then judge. Is the lady in question here also going to complain about the other 19 people before her on the list if they have criminal records? Or should anyone with a criminal record be denied dialysis? Its weird that Helen Zille who a few weeks ago involved in having tenders applicants on the same advisory board for the tender is so easily forgotten.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:31

      Desmond. Children believe in Father Xmas and the tooth fairy. For someone crying out for the facts, you are rather opinionated don't you think?. What has Helen Zille got to do with this?. Don't remain a serf all your life.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-25 11:17

    Are we going to get any information coming from the department of health as to why others get preference on the list?

  • francois.kloppers - 2012-07-25 11:19

    That's right, get your preferential treatment. We won't bring up a late minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who later passed away from complications due to the liver transplant she got...

  • Dean Hart - 2012-07-25 11:29

    Sagin you are clearly uneducated to think that black people are not clever enough to run a county, yes the government is corrupt and we all know it!!! And the apartheid was the oppression of black people because of their colour not because they were not educated!!! Go back to school and learn about the apartheid to see what the reasons for it's implementation where. I can tell you that most of our ministers are by far more educated than your self. And for anyone else to start throwing around the white race card in retaliation, you just stepping on to Sagins uneducated level!!

      Sagin - 2012-07-25 12:04

      Dean You are obviously Young, brainwashed and apologetic. Open your eyes to the facts before You, my Young friend. You only know what You have been taught by a propogandist education system. I have forgotten what you still need to learn about apartheid and south africas history. I would urge you to educate yourself before judging others.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:32

      Dean Hart, it must be cold in lala land.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-07-25 12:41

      No Sagin, this guy is not young, he is just uneducated! he should rather be like HIS president and follow the Chinese Universaty's recommendation before they gave jz the "prof piece of paper".. they said to him "you must try and read as many books as you can before we can give you the "prof-ship"..thus all the Limpopo school books saga.

      Sagin - 2012-07-25 14:17

      Ha ha good one luke. Its not deans fault, he is a product of a propogandist education system and too scared or hoodwinked to go against the status quo. Too many south africans are scared to speak their minds, its not PC. The liberal, controlled traitors are quick to jump up and down when anyone dares state the obvious. One day soon these apologists will feel foolish, just like Tutu, hellen suzman and the like feel now that they can see what a coc# up their so called struggle for freedom has produced. I wonder if Madiba ever feels embarrassed about the anc and the state south africa is in?

  • terence.wessels - 2012-07-25 11:35

    So what do you all expect if you vote for a man with a grade 4 education to run the show? You would get similar results if you allowed your 9 year old to run your household. All the money squandered, all the sweets eaten and given to buddies. Problem is its not sustainable, and I can't wait for the entire economy to crash like Zim, so I can spit in your wooden begging bowls you corrupt ANC idiots. What a flippin joke you are.

  • Mark - 2012-07-25 11:44

    At the New24 Christmas party all News24 staff members dress up in Clu Clux Clan outfits. This is seriously a racist site with racist staff members. Lets see if they delete this message before took.loosh's racist comment.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-25 12:13

      WTF has that got to do with the article? The only reason this message will get deleted is because its irrelevant. I am interested in your KKK accusation though. Maybe you could provide some facts?

      Mark - 2012-07-25 12:32

      @Rob - WTF are you on about? Read the post by took.loosh and you will understand.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:33

      Mark, I dress up as a devil, does that mean I am he?.

      Sagin - 2012-07-25 14:29

      Mark Your comment is ill informed or you yourself are a racist. If anything News 24 is too liberal. Have you seen the racist comments posted by black people? Please You missed the MARK!

  • mina.moo.14 - 2012-07-25 12:03

    You don't understand people. Your are nothing to the local government. You must steal, commit fraud and be in prison to receive privilages

  • pat.aldrich.96 - 2012-07-25 12:03

    Forget if its a white or black person. The question is : why are they not able to do the necessary treatment

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:16

    Selebi is ANC , Mrs. Van Rensburg probably isn't. In this country we have a new sort of apartheid. We just have to get use to it. Card carrying ANC members, preferably the crooked ones have preference above all else. How disgusting.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-25 12:21

    Selebi would have taken the rap had gov not been forced to act on him. hence they schooled him on how the easiest way to get out of jail free. Yes at his age he will have a few medical problems, it an old age thing. They just used all his ailments to work for his benefit. We saw the same with schabir shaik. He has his own HALL OF FAME so now SELEBI can add his name to it as well. The ANC will never do the right thing and we may as well accept that. As long as they are getting the votes, this is what we are going to see more and more of. Look at the big cover up now in the text book saga. Angie still riding with a good seat on the grrrrrravy train. There is a certain place where people will be judged one day, and the rot will come to bear.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-07-25 12:25

    Disgusting, dispicable bahaviour!

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-25 12:34

      you must be a criminal to get preferential treatment take selebi and shaik as an example

  • charmain.nel.7 - 2012-07-25 12:38

    who the hell is he a thief and then get special treatment tooka.loosh well said he is going to be another sharir shaik

  • nadia.graf.50 - 2012-07-25 12:59

    I am just hoping that Selebi does the honorable thing and pops off his perch posthaste!