Selebi 'has been unwell for some time'

2011-12-04 11:42

Johannesburg - Just hours before former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi was due to begin serving his 15-year jail term for corruption, he was still in a hospital bed in a “stable” condition.

Advocate Fanus Coetzee, one of Selebi’s lawyers, said on Saturday that Selebi had been “stabilised” but that he was still waiting for information on what was troubling the former top cop.

On Friday, Selebi reportedly collapsed in shock when he heard that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) had confirmed his bribery conviction. Shortly thereafter an ambulance took him to the nearby Jakaranda Hospital.

City Press understands that Selebi recently had kidney dialysis at the hospital, but Coetzee would only say that Selebi had been “unwell for some time”.

There was confusion on Saturday over when Selebi had to present himself to the office of the registrar of the South Gauteng High Court to have a warrant committing him to prison signed by a judge.

Selebi’s 48 hours to report expired at about 10:00 on Sunday.

Coetzee said he had made at least 20 phone calls to the registrar’s office on Friday but could not reach any officials.

As far as he knew, he said, they had all been at a Christmas party.

“I am definitely not going to be taking him out of a hospital bed without the permission of his doctor,” said Coetzee, but he would talk to court officials.

Selebi was found guilty of accepting bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti by the South Gauteng High Court last year.

Agliotti testified against Selebi, but was not granted indemnity from prosecution by Judge Meyer Joffe for his role in the crimes.

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When contacted, Agliotti, who returned from a trip to Singapore a few days ago, only said he had “no comment”.

An unanimous bench of the SCA confirmed on Friday that Joffe was correct in accepting the State’s version that Selebi had been bribed by Agliotti.

In a separate but concurring and significant minority ruling, Judge Suretta Snyders found that Selebi had broken the corruption laws by meeting with untrustworthy individuals or their lawyers during working hours.

“In my view, the appellant (Selebi) must have realised that Agliotti’s generosity and the payments he received from him created a dynamic whereby, in his post as head of the nation’s police service, he would be indebted to him and would have to remain willing to do him favours,” Snyders ruled.

She said that Selebi, in his own version, had “abused his position of authority and breached the trust placed in the position that he held” in contravention of the Corruption Act.

It was unnecessary for the state to prove that Selebi did anything in return.

“Strictly speaking, this finding obviates the need to investigate whether the appellant gave any quid pro quo (benefit) for the payments that he received. But, as I have already pointed out, he did,” ruled Snyders.


  • Dave - 2011-12-04 11:51

    I would be very "unwell" if I was facing 15 years behind bars. Didn't stop him doing his thing at the time though, so its time to pay the piper.

      Christelle - 2011-12-04 12:18

      He has been "unwell" for a very long time!! Anybody who did what he did has to be "unwell"

      Silver - 2011-12-04 12:31

      Strange how “the boys” have these sudden and dire allergic reactions to justice. Alas I as a taxpayer have to look forward to keeping this justice intolerant ANC clubhouse comrade alive for the next 15 years. I tell you there is no justice in this world.

      Pulverturm - 2011-12-04 12:32

      Severe acute Sheikalitis

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-04 13:02

      Unwell in the head and had to be to take his career and flush it down a longdrop by doing the exact opposite of what his job description required him to do. Unwell indeed.

      Dirk - 2011-12-05 06:41

      I agree- to be a thief, you have to be "unwell" Most in government, are "unwell"

  • Silvana - 2011-12-04 12:03

    "but that he was still waiting for information on what was troubling the former top cop." LOL. What do you think is troubling him? An ingrown toenail?

  • Mabel - 2011-12-04 12:08

    But he didn't see fit to pass out until he heard that he was definitely going to jail. Typical. Can do the crime but not the time. It turns my stomach.

  • an0nthinker - 2011-12-04 12:11

    Just wait for it. I doubt he'll be spending much time, if any in jail. Can you say "Shaik" illness? The one where the treatment is to spend as much time as possible living it up on the golf course.

      Gollum - 2011-12-04 12:31

      Exactly what I was thinking...dam you beat me to it

      infijar.ken - 2011-12-04 16:49

      You don't think that Shabby was able to come up with this excuse, to stay out of prison,all on his lonesome, do you? He got the idea from Deadly Ernest Saunders, who was given full parole some 20 odd years ago, for his part in the Guinness share trading fraud. Moments after leaving prison he made a miraculous recovery. To such an extent I think he is still alive today.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-04 12:11

    We all know whats wrong with him. Time for someone to find that wheelbarrow.

  • mbulelo.mapukata - 2011-12-04 12:21

    instead of going to jail they go to hospital.first it was shabir shaick, sicelo shiceka then mrs maqubela and now is silebi i wonder whos next?

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-04 12:43

    Was he "unwell" when he was stealing ? Rot in jail thief !!

  • Kate - 2011-12-04 12:44


      Kate - 2011-12-04 13:33

      No prison for him tomorrow. IOL is saying he had a stroke and will undergo a major operation.

      Roy - 2011-12-04 14:36

      Put him in Long Street maybe he can pay some cop to help him out by having a contact in the "Sun City" prison.

  • Ian - 2011-12-04 12:55

    does he have flu like symptoms, bulldust man, lock the crook and criminal lover up

  • stephan.steyn1 - 2011-12-04 12:58

    Jee people must be Doff that he is trying to pull a Shabir Sheik stunt to avoid going to Jail by "pretending" to be sick! let him be "sick" in the jail cell!

  • Mbali Khumalo - 2011-12-04 13:06

    I think Selebi is too much depressed nw

  • Helmut - 2011-12-04 13:27

    R.I.H.......rot in hell....

  • Larry - 2011-12-04 13:32

    Rubbish, the thought of his fall from his lofty (undeserved) position has given him a queezy gut and palpitations. He did the crime and as he himself said, he must do the time. Finish and Klaar Jackie.

  • Mikael - 2011-12-04 13:34

    News24 says kidney problems, The Sunday Independent reports a 'partial stroke' well let me tell you there is no such thing as a 'partial stroke', you either have a stroke or you don't. Selebi is malingering - hystrionics taken straight from the repertoire of master-malingerer Shabir Shaik. Someone should demand to see Selebi's cardiac report, ECG results and so on. If he needs a bypass, then his Angiogram should be made available for public scrutiny. There are over 100 cyclists who do the Cape Argus Cycle Tour every year who have had open-heart surgery - a few minor heart palpitations are no excuse to keep this rat out of jail.

  • Roy - 2011-12-04 14:31

    Of course he was unwell,he knew what was coming and he also will try a Shabir Shaik move. What a bunch of crooks who run the country.They steal,rape and do as they please and when found out do the Selebi/Shaik/Yengeni etc dance

  • Zion - 2011-12-04 14:31

    The reader has been exposed to just too much bullSHyt from criminals who belong behind bars:Schaik, Selebe, Robert macBride and a host of others. When it is time for these criminals to finally pay for their crimes they are sick. In fact the taxpayer is sick and tired of these low life being sick. I am sure that if a poll is taken most would reply that the so called "sickness" is bogus and non-existent. If I tell my workers what the working agenda would be the next day then many book off sick. Should I say nothing then all are at work. Well, as for myself, I do not believe this sick story from Selebi or Schaik. Prediction: Selebi will be back on the streets soon after his incarceration by Presidential pardon and/or parole manipulation. (Certainty). People actually vote for the government.

  • Roy - 2011-12-04 14:33

    By the way,will Agliotti also be investigated for his ongoing drug crimes?

  • clayplum - 2011-12-04 14:51

    Give me a freaking break... Shaik did it, Julius did it and oh look, now its Jackie's turn... not all South Africans are morons, we can see right thru this tactic. What next... he's gonna be given his own medical room in jail? Sounds familiar... didnt Shaik get that too? Guess whos gonna be footing the bill! PATHETIC!

  • Christopher - 2011-12-04 14:52

    Finish en Klaar SELEBI!!!!!! Enjoy

  • Christopher - 2011-12-04 14:55

    Finish en Klaar Selebi!!!! Have a nice HOLIDAY!!

  • careful once you are here you can not deregister - 2011-12-04 14:57

    why are we bombarded with so called "news" of this persons well being ? He is just another criminal who planned and executed his crimes. He is not feeling well so what ?

      Pieter Joost Oostdam - 2011-12-04 17:17

      Pieter Joost Oostdam - 2011-12-04 20:00

  • Jamie - 2011-12-04 15:32

    Since birth, in fact.

  • Gary - 2011-12-04 15:48

    What a crock, go get his ass out of hospital and throw him in jail. Stop waisting time..

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-04 16:36

      Get his ass used as a relief for the horny!

  • Elkieta - 2011-12-04 15:52

    He will get well soon again in jail.

  • ivan.leon2 - 2011-12-04 16:27

    Shabirsheikitis - a dreaded and incurable disease that affects ANY ANC politically appointed cadre official or parliamentarian tried and convicted of a criminal offence - latest victim of this TERMINAL illness - Jackie Selebi ............!!

  • Ryan - 2011-12-04 16:28

    I'd be feeling unwell too if I was about to become bubba's bitch.

  • desertratbkf - 2011-12-04 16:32

    Of course he has been unwell for some time! Accepting filthy bribes, makes him "unwell". The criminal will live ***** for the remainder of his 20 years! Scum!

  • Jill - 2011-12-04 16:51

    If he's been on dialysis, why does he need a major operation?

  • Jason - 2011-12-04 17:07

    A good long strech in the slammer, nothing like a good slap to shaik him right up hey!!

  • Enlightened - 2011-12-04 17:08

    Enough is enough. Get an ambulance, take him to prison hospital (after all, I'm not certain what the difference is when you're sick), shackle him to the bed and when he's good enough to even breathe by himself, put him in his cage for 15 years that he can sit and ponder the damage he has done. Dirty, rotten scoundrel!

  • Vic - 2011-12-04 18:21

    It's another shammer and a load of BS ! Selebi must do the honourable thing, and GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL! The next one to sham will probably be Cele and then Malema. Only a matter of time !

  • Winifred - 2011-12-04 18:48

    here we go again just a repeat of the whole shabir sheik saga. he wont see the inside of a jail cell. crime in this country pays the more you steal the better off your chances of walking free. its only petty crimes that people get jail time. Can anybody name 1 politician or M.P. that has been given a jail sentence and is actually serving it. From fraud,drug dealings, plain thieving, tender rigging just a tip on the ice berg. Should be feel sorry for him because he is old my answer is NO you get what you deserve. South Africa brings to mind the story of ALIBABA

  • An observer - 2011-12-04 19:13

    Yes, Former Commissioner of Police has been unwell for some time. When he returned from exile he, like many of his comrades, suffered from a deadly disease called "entitlement". I can understand it. Coming back from exile, where they almost "starved to death" from lack of entitlement, it was inevitable for them to contract this disease. They actually caught the disease from those who reduced their immunity, by over-indulging them in ego massaging. Selebi is the first, but hopefully, not the last to fall prey to this disease.

  • Martin - 2011-12-04 20:38

    What a RAT !! He must have Shaiked himself on hearing the news on friday more like a case of severe diarrhoea "Bloody hell he won`t make anyone bitch in this condition"

  • braamc - 2011-12-04 20:49

    Let it go and vrek in jail

  • Sam - 2011-12-04 22:15

    We all understand Jacky was found guilty unfortunately his life is unstable, can we learn to be humane as South Africans about ones health.He has no control over his life only God

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  • ezekiel.ratshefola - 2011-12-05 09:45

    I have been ''unwell'' for some time also but I did not steal anything.

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