Selebi should have been paroled sooner - lawyer

2012-07-20 15:36

Johannesburg - Corruption-convicted top cop Jackie Selebi is "very ill" and should have been granted medical parole much sooner, his lawyer said on Friday.

"We are all very grateful and happy [about his parole]," his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee said.

"He should have been allowed to go home a while ago already. His situation is very serious and he is very ill," she said.

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele announced in Pretoria on Friday that Selebi had been granted medical parole.

An 11-member medical parole advisory board met on 20 June and recommended the release of six offenders, including Selebi who needed dialysis for kidney failure.

Selebi's wife a nurse

Selebi's wife is a qualified nurse, but it was not clear if she would look after him, or if the family would hire professional help.

"There are a lot of financial implications and considerations to take [into account] before they can decide," said Coetzee.

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time of the investigation into claims that he received money from convicted drug trafficker and police informer Glenn Agliotti.

He was convicted of corruption on 2 July 2010 and handed a 15-year jail sentence.

Selebi appealed in the Supreme Court of Appeal against the corruption conviction. In December 2011 he collapsed at home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, while watching the appeal judgment on television. His appeal was denied.

Diabetes and kidney disease

This meant he had to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption. It was decided he would stay in Pretoria Central Prison's medical wing indefinitely.

At the time, he had not instructed his medical team to apply for medical parole. Selebi had also been trained to administer his own treatment.

He suffers from diabetes and kidney disease.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it could not comment on Selebi's release.

"Prosecutors can't comment on [the] release of prisoners on parole; our job is to prosecute them and [we] are [finished] with the matter as soon as they start serving their sentences," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Schabir Shaik 'fiasco'

The Democratic Alliance said given the public’s cynicism around medical parole due to the Schabir Shaik "fiasco", Ndebele had to give assurances that the correct procedure had been followed.

In 2005, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sentenced Shaik to 15 years' imprisonment for fraud and corruption. His sentence effectively ends in 2021.

But in March 2009, Shaik was released on parole, apparently with a terminal illness, which sparked controversy and accusations of special treatment because of his political connections. He then applied for a presidential pardon.

According to section 79 of the Correctional Services Act provision is made for an offender's possible placement on medical parole. A medical practitioner had to identify prisoners who might qualify. A family member or the offender could also apply for medical parole, but this must be recommended by the medical practitioner.

In March this year, medical parole was expanded to include cases where an offender was suffering from a terminal disease or condition, or if the person was rendered physically incapacitated as a result of injury, disease, or illness, limiting their daily activity or self-care.

Double standards

When medical parole had been approved the person would be monitored by the department and subject to a specific set of conditions.

Medical parole could be revoked if the person did not comply with the placement conditions. Improved medical health would not be grounds to cancel medical parole.

The correctional services department had been accused of having double standards when granting parole.

Clive Derby-Lewis, who was convicted of the 1993 murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani, is suffering from prostate cancer and has twice been denied ordinary parole.

Last year, his lawyer Marius Coertze said he had been trying to get Derby-Lewis freed on parole for over three years.

Derby-Lewis, 75, had served 18 years  of his 25 year-sentence.

Former correctional services minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula cited Derby-Lewis' lack of full disclosure and a lack of remorse for the crime as among the reasons he was being refused parole.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had been asked to look into the matter.

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-20 15:43

    Seriously sick?, really?. And how many prisoners are seriously sick inside prison cells and are denied medical parole.

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-20 15:48

      Medical parole is a BS excuse to give a get out of jail free card to those who know too much, i dont care who they are whether they are dying from AIDS or Cancer or any disease if they are convicted criminals and they are still in prison while sick they must stay in prison, they deserve everything they have coming to them. Dont commit the crime if you arent willing to do the time simple

      Nukki - 2012-07-20 15:50

      I can think of one, Derby Louis!!!

      lorrainesuh - 2012-07-20 16:07

      peter.jeffrey.581, I'm not supporting any criminal here, i'm saying the reason why him and other corrupt people are getting the so called medical parole is because of this sick justice we have, whereas he should be rotting in prison just like the rest of those seriously sick prisoners. peter.jeffrey.581 you get my point now?

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-20 16:15

      I totally agree i'm not saying you defending criminals either I'm just saying there should be no such thing as Medical Parole, there should be no Parole at all whats the point of sentencing someone for 25 years for example if they arent going to finish their sentence makes no sense at all.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-20 23:51

      All those who are not corrupt loyal ANC members.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-07-20 15:46

    Selebi has never come clean about the bribery etc and hasn't shown one ounce of remorse, he should stay in gaol. Bets that he makes a miraculous Shaik recovery once released? Once again the govt of the day rapes Lady Justice!!!

  • Nukki - 2012-07-20 15:48

    We must be the laughing stock of INTERPOL and the rest of the world!!!

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-20 15:51

      If we arent already the laughing stock of the world after 18years of being run by idiots then the rest of the world is made up of idiots

      noa.pummer - 2012-07-20 15:52

      Sorry Nukki but I was laughing at Interpol for appointing this idiot in the first place!!!!

  • matshobana.siziba - 2012-07-20 15:49

    Selebi's wife a nurse wat a joke haha-of 'cause all wives are surposed to be nurses, queens, angels etc. The more I read these stories the more i get angrier.

  • noa.pummer - 2012-07-20 15:51

    What do they do at the SPCA when they have an animal that is gravely ill and wont make it?

      christopher.phago - 2012-07-20 16:14

      They inject it 2 die

      sbu.mahwai - 2012-07-20 16:20

      LOL - way to go noa.pummer

  • Pagel - 2012-07-20 15:52

    Attack is the best form of defence it would seem.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-20 15:52

    Wynanda he is a one of the best criminals and you are not that very clever i see.Hou much do you get this time.?

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-07-20 15:54

    The only problem with Derby lewis is ........he is white!!!!

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-20 15:55

    lawyers and politicians... *facepalm*

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-20 16:02

    Next we will hear about this miracle that he is cured from all illnesses after doing his rituals 3 times a day, and is healthy and well living next to Schabir Sheik on a golf estate. You animals are ruining our beautiful country.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-20 16:06

    Shame poor, poor Selebi. You must be in so much of pain. Does it hurt when you take a leak? Does your conscience hurt when you think about how you treated this country and its laws with such arrogant contempt with your persistent howls of innocence? \These hands are clean\. \I will jump off the tallest building if found guilty\. Well do yourself a favour and jump. Don't worry, you are sure to get a heroic state funeral, like your criminal mate Shiceka. Who knows, maybe you will be buried next to him. Or better still, on top of him. That way you will go the way you lived. Raping a fellow corpse the way you raped this country from your position of power and trust.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-20 16:06

    Crime pays handsomely in SA. Selebi must be the one and only Government official to be officially charged with corruption and fraud, and fraternising with the Mafia. They are never asked to return their ill gotten gains. Rather they get promoted to a more prestigious position such as SA Ambassador to London. Derby Lewis and Walus Swakanskie, after about 24 yrs of jail, have had every bail application dismissed out of hand. Must be sorry they are of the pale skinned variety, and don’t have friends in high places. Selebi's on the other hand -15 million legal costs - A few months internment, most spent in a 5 Star Private Clinic with best medical treatment available – While still interned, he was notified of a full state pension commensurate with the high political office he so proudly served with integrity & honour – ALL PAYED BY OUR HARD EARNED TAXES. Privilege for the lucky few, and a dark, cold, overcrowded and filthy cell with bread and water, for the rest. Most will be left to rot and die when becoming old and frail or terminally diseased. Selebi will have the chance to get his golf handicap down to single figures. Amazing how sick they all get once sentenced. Must cost fortune in bribes to medical specialists. Probably get given special, harmless tablets to make them look pale, sickly and nauseas. Well done Jacob, the country salutes and respects you. May you and the self serving, abominably corrupt and terminally inefficient ANC rule for a further thousand years.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 16:21

      Like every dog has it's day this regime will have it's day too, and it would be a beautiful day......

  • Teuneman - 2012-07-20 16:07

    But you dragged it out as long as possible to make as much as possible money! BURN!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-20 16:11

    Now start paying back your legal fees.

  • karl.pratt.1 - 2012-07-20 16:17

    Please in the future dear readers don't associate people to animals, as animals are far grater and have more morality then any human will ever have..... Humans are a minor virus on this blue planet......a biological hiccup even if you believe in a supreme being.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 16:17

    Yeah celebi is very ill, and I am Donald Duck. Didn't they say the same thing when shaik was released?

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 16:20

    Like every dog has it's day this regime will have it's day too, and it would be a beautiful day......

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-21 01:19

      @Devon, I cannot wait for these rubbish to have their days!!!! Man, I cannot wai, believe me. They should take note that their day is coming, thick and fast!!! The KOISAN is on the rise!!!!!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 16:27

    President of Interpol. I mean really, how low can you go. This guy has been a huge embarrassment to the country. Sies

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-20 16:28

    poor selebi. he didnt even apply for parole. must be in very bad state. our prayers are with you.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-20 16:35

      My prayers are also with him - along the lines of falling into a drain and being washed away.

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-21 01:20

      @DOMTSHEPO, You reaaly think that GOD will answer your prayers!!!!!!!!! You better off praying the DEVIL to remove this piece of rubbish from earth, painfully and very very soon, because they will not be spared when we shall arise to claim back our country!!!!!!!!!!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-20 16:28

    well we all knew it was on the cards. He was already schooled, take the rap and we will put you in hospital for awhile then you can get a medical parole. The cANCer is beginning to read like a book.

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-07-20 16:28

    Since when was jail made for highly esteemed politicians? Like Tony yengeni and Schabir schaik, he knew he wouldnt last in prison. That's how our justice system functions; jail is made for the poor.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-20 16:37

    So has Selebi made a full disclosure and shown remorse? Double standard being applied to Clive Derby Lewis

  • Warwick - 2012-07-20 16:45

    Check those scheming eyes. HEH HEH HEH. Must remeMber to renew my membership at the golf club. The boys (Glen, Mickey, Clint, Faizel, Nigel and meybe Jackie) can all come around for a game and then a good few in the 19th afterwards. HEH, HEH HEH.

  • bheki.shabangu.10 - 2012-07-20 16:46

    If selebi's wife is a Nurse,they must arrest her as well so that he can take care of his prisoner Husband in Prison,since they were chowing together the cash.And stop treating the whole nation like kids.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-07-20 16:48

    well did Selebi disclose anything ,i can tell you he did predict that he will never spend one day in jail his sangoma was right on the money there,i dont condone what Clive Darby Lewis did but the african national corruptors one again shows how racist they are, bunch of hippocrates

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-20 16:54

    That big time crook should be left to rot somewhere - he's certainly not good enough to be fish food!

  • Gemma van der Merwe - 2012-07-20 16:54

    So, how much of his 15 years did he serve? What a wonderful waste of taxpayers money to have a courtcase and an appeal for nothing

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-20 16:56

    All the prisoners must join the anc,if they want to be out,viva anc viva

  • KennySven - 2012-07-20 16:56

    Nothing wrong with this Thief/Dog, maybe only a mild case of Distemper? Rather put him down to save costs. Re:100% Independent doctor = 100% ANC doctor. The ANC seem to think we are all stupid? ANC do you remember Shaik? from Durban,a golfer? Non't Know? shame. We are now officially classified as a Fourth World Country(Baboo.. state)in the eyes of the civilized world. THANK YOU ANC THANK YOU. I just heard that when Obama was told of this news he PUKED up his lunch in disgust. VIVA ANC DOCTOR VIVA. Maybe life soon better in Zim?

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-07-20 16:56

    regardless of ur health you should serve ur time .

  • david.cohen.7712 - 2012-07-20 17:07

    It is not what you know, but WHO you know, in this case "friends in high places". He should have stayed in jail (not hospital section), until he either died, or served his FULL sentence.

  • Karel du Toit - 2012-07-20 17:35

    see you on the golf course next weekend.

  • danyalkolbe - 2012-07-20 18:20

    The only way the South african public will ever believe that Jackie is terminally ill is when a truly independant,respected doctor comes to the same conclusion.Shabir is also still rerminally ill.This kind of thing sickens Joe Public to death.

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-07-20 20:13

    No more free medical care!

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-07-20 20:18

    Wow,ths is south africa for u if u connected to the corrupt.they shud have let him die in jail.we r gona b sick after convicted.

  • jam35y30 - 2012-07-21 09:00

    Take him to the vet and have him put down. He committed crimes against society when meant to be protecting us!

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-07-21 13:19

    Paroled earlier .... this man is absolute rubbish. Dress him how you want, tell me what yiu want but at the end of the day he is/ was a corrupt cop. What makes this worse is his position. He did no embarrass himself, he does does not have the capacity to process this emotion, he embarrassed South Africa, ordinary citizens and the uniform he wore. I don't care about his struggle credentials but do care absolute loyalty he received from this wonderful ruling party that rewards corrupt cadre deployment time and time again. How about giving the man on the street, the homeless, the really sick and the orphans the same chance. I would not be surprised if the same wonderful miracle that helped our blind friend in Durban to play golf and beat up reporters helped Selebi to go to the nearest Spar and buy his doughnuts and pap!

  • Marie - 2012-07-22 06:21

    Just look at the face. Sideways glance, like "who's watching me". The face of a deceitful crook. Surely he could share a cell with CDL. They seem to be able to look after him, as sick as he is. Maybe they have better nurses, for the ones they want to keep in jail.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-07-30 18:59

    skelm bliksem

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