Selebi 'like any other patient', will foot bills

2012-07-20 22:13

Pretoria - Convicted former police chief Jackie Selebi will now pay his own medical bills, the hospital where he is being treated said on Friday, following the announcement of his release from prison.

Chief executive of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, Ernest Kenoshi, said the embattled former police chief would be paying like any other patient at the government facility.

"From now on, Mr Selebi will be just like any other patient in a state hospital. He will be discharged when the doctors say he is fit enough to be discharged from hospital," he said.

"[The] correctional services department has been taking care of his treatment [payment] up to today. From now on, it is up to him; there is a tariff of fees, governed by the national department of health."

Correctional services commissioner Tom Moyane said Selebi’s release was a purely medical decision, determined by professionals.

'Morality doesn’t come into it'

"It’s not our decision, it’s a medical decision and morality doesn’t come into it. It’s a purely medical decision, which we have come to acknowledge and to accept," he said.

Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele said that in the light of the strong recommendations for parole made by the medical parole advisory board, there was no basis for denying Selebi his freedom.

"On what basis would you say let him die? We have heard of three inmates who died while deliberations [for their release on parole] were underway," he said.

Selebi’s release follows a meeting of the 11-member parole board in Pretoria, on June 20, to deliberate on 12 applications.

"Six offenders were recommended for medical parole. Three offenders died while documentation was underway. Three offenders were not recommended for parole," Ndebele said earlier.

"Mr Selebi will be released today. Another offender is expected to be released next week. Two offenders were released on the 9th and 12th of July," he said.

The six offenders, including Selebi, met the criteria stipulated in the Correctional Services Act for release on medical parole.

End-stage renal disease

"These [conditions] include that all suffered from a medical condition which is terminal, chronic, progressive and has deteriorated or reached an irreversible state," he said.

A senior registrar from the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Dr Anil Kurian, who is in charge of Selebi's treatment, said the beleaguered former top cop was in a critical condition.

"Mr Selebi has end-stage renal disease for which he is receiving dialysis. End-stage renal disease means the person has irreversible kidney damage and they end up on dialysis for life," he said.

“This is a permanent condition for which you require dialysis for survival. We manage this kind of patient on a day-in-day-out basis, and unfortunately the chorus does not change," said Kurian.

Chairperson of the medical parole advisory board, Victor Ramathesele, said Selebi would remain at the hospital, but would not be under the guardianship of the correctional services department.

"He has been released on medical parole, but has not been discharged just yet. Doctors who have been looking after him have ensured that there is going to be continuation of proper medication [for Selebi] like any other South African.

"When the doctors feel he has to leave the hospital, they will exercise that clinical judgement at that point," he said.

Regarding the terms and conditions for Selebi after his release, Correctional Services Chief Deputy Commissioner James Smallburger said the former top cop had signed the acceptance of the conditions he will be subject to.

"Since the minister has announced that Mr Selebi will be released today, that means he will be released from the correctional centre, but will be handed to community corrections system," said Smallburger.

"The conditions will be finalised when he is handed to the system; he will also sign an acceptance thereof. He has already signed that he will subject himself to conditions applicable to him as an individual," he said.

'He doesn’t have to be dying'

Deputy Correctional Services Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said Selebi would not be going back to prison, even if he recovered from his grave illness.

"He doesn’t have to be dying for him to be released. If for some reason Mr Selebi gets better, we don’t expect him to come back to our [prison] facilities, as long as he observes the conditions of the parole," said Ramatlhodi.

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," his lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, said.

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

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.

  • ben.lantz1 - 2012-07-20 22:39

    We wish you a speedy recovery Mr.Selebi.Now you can join the founder member of your elite club

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-07-20 22:42


  • lownabester - 2012-07-20 22:46

    And so they all get away with what ever they have done. Disgusting.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-20 23:03

    I am sorry to remind you : What about the legal costs?

  • nazeer.vawda.5 - 2012-07-20 23:08

    when I first heard the story on the radio, It sounded to me like the guy who announced it said "magical" parole!

  • mntsethe - 2012-07-20 23:32

    The Azapo wz ryt whn sayn \the special remission of sentences announced by President JZ was a tactic to free his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik\. Ths is just the begining...

  • mispala.kompi - 2012-07-20 23:40

    I am very happy that comrade Selebi is finally at home, the old man \Selebi\ has done a lot for this country and the ANC. He is sick and all of us must accept and stop politiking. Thank you very much minister Ndebele you are a star and I wish you a long stay as a minister of correctional service.

      niekie.vanheerden - 2012-07-21 06:21

      hahahahahahaha mispala! You are as stupid as they come! What has he done for the country and the anc? He stole, lied and got fat! Thats all.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 08:10

      Mispala, Spot on !!

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-07-21 09:09

      Comrade MISFIT Kombi's comment is exactly the stupidity that the ANC is thriving on. This is why they are downgrading the passing percentages, so that they can keep them stupid, whilst keep them voting for tha ANC! They still believe that their fatcats having a ball on their(sorry, our) cost is the way forward. They are happy to get promises and nothing else. A bunch of total helpless idiots, to say the least, but that is only my opinion.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-22 11:46

      Mispala, he hasn't done a fig for this country or it's people. Where do you get this nonsense from?.

  • graham.greeff - 2012-07-20 23:58

    Wow wish I could land a job in this SA government. I have a severe heart condition, hsve undegone major open heart sugery.All I need is a job with a PC and given some form of PAYROLL system where I can rip everybody off, be found guilty and then get let out on grounds off ill health. Is it not disgusting where we are heading ? I recall years ago we referred to a group of peopkle called When We's. These ex Rhodesian knew and I think we all know what is coming. Imagine JM and Winnie getting married and then running this country !

  • Thabo@Shaku - 2012-07-21 00:02

    Same difference!

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-07-21 00:17

    I have now cancelled 2 policies to support this prick!!

  • Billy - 2012-07-21 00:20

    "He doesn’t have to be dying for him to be released. If for some reason Mr Selebi gets better, we don’t expect him to come back to our [prison] facilities" oh thats nice, hope you have a going away party for him. he will pay his own bills? with money that he got where?

  • Tommo - 2012-07-21 02:57

    In English this is called stating the obvious...

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-21 05:45

    Justify this decision , Mr Selebi. DIE. Then we can all say , they done the right thing. And you can go to hell with a little bit of dignity.

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-07-21 09:17

      I dont think that Hell accepts this kind of iilfits! Suspect not even Hell would lower it's standards that much!

  • hendrik.botha.35 - 2012-07-21 05:50

    Ja sure

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 08:17

      WHAT A BORING SITES, these comments re Jacky Selebi !! EVERYBODY agrees wuth each other !!! It is more of a "happy clapping" gathering !!!

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-21 08:26

      Indeed. On the one hand, why was Selebi singled out? On the other, was he fined?

  • jacques.marais.925 - 2012-07-21 06:02

    you go Jacky see you at 15hoo great game yesterday . Shabir

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-21 06:27

    Wow, how harsh. The free criminal now also has to cover his own medical bills - Unthinkable. So does that mean his Joburg Country Club fees won't be covered by the tax payer anymore as well ? You animals......

  • - 2012-07-21 06:56

    I want to see him recover from end stage kidney failure! The only way to do, is to get a kidney transplant. Government hospitals do not trear end stage kidney patients whom are old, they let them die, what to say doing a transplant? And in the private sector you dont get transplanted when, I think you are over 60.... Would like to see what is to happen....

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-07-21 10:33

      U will have to see what happens with somebody else, since I am sure that Selebi's kidneys are healthier than our country!

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-07-21 07:12

    And I see the ANC officially - via Floyd Shivambu - support their comrade criminal - he serves 7 months of a 15 year sentence and that's adequate. This party has no values, no integrity, no shame.

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-07-21 09:30

      He served nothing. The only thing he served, is the now welfare of his family and fellow criminals within his criminal circle. I am struggling to understand why the "black comrades" above, believes that he has done them proud. Actualy, I should know that their lack of anything intelligent, is how the ANC would want to keep them for future voting and support.

  • Phathiswa Mtebele - 2012-07-21 07:31

    Mr Selebi will be seen going to golf clubs sooner than we think.

  • james.otter.10 - 2012-07-21 07:59

    What would be achieved by keeping him in jail? Reforming him? Protecting society from him? Releasing him on parole does not uplift the disgrace of his crime has brought upon him. He is clearly very ill. We should have compassion for him in his present state of poor health and allow him to suffer at home. He reached the top of his profession and his fall from grace was a mighty one. He has brought shame upon himself. Thereby is his punishment.

      Michael Savage - 2012-07-21 14:39

      So your suggestion is that we shame criminals instead of punishing them?

      Roulon du Toit - 2012-07-22 13:41

      Shame in this instance implies a conscience. I fear that may be lacking. So it's rather shame about being caught violating a position of trust and respect and having the cash taps turned off.

  • Johan - 2012-07-21 08:16

    Maybe Angliotti will pay for his medical bills since they are friends.

      marc.schnehage - 2012-07-21 08:27

      Yes, and maybe he will pay Selebi's legal bill of R17m to the State? Naah, wishful thinking, it will probably be written off and Selebi will live hapily ever after. Fk

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-07-21 08:19

    Hail Jackie Selebi. The whites can moan and cry till they are blue in the face,fact is this our country and no one will tell what to do,if they don't like it,they are so freeeeeeeeee to book a one way ticket on the Qantas,Selebi is the son of the soil.

      marc.schnehage - 2012-07-21 08:24

      So is Clive Derby-Lewis.

      mispala.kompi - 2012-07-21 08:55

      you are correct, this people who are attacking the anc forgets very quickly. Not long ago barent strydom was released on parole and they were very happy .Dr Basson is drinking cheap brandy in our night clubs and no one seems to care. Dr basson must burn in hell . I love u melusi you are an honest south african who deserve to be praised.

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-21 08:57

      I hope he burns in hell like all the other corrupters and thiefs

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-07-21 09:47

      Yes Melusi, Selebi, like the rest of you, are the sons of the soil. Soil being the important factor here, since soil is the one and only thing you understand, the one and most important ingredient that you are made of, the thing your skulls are filled with, which explains why you believe what you believe. Thanks to this, you will always stand for emptiness, thriving on and living of the white cow, but OMG, when this cow falls, you will look back at what could have been. I know I am talikng high above what you understand, but by doing so, I am feeling a sense of relieve to my frustration. U also blieve in what you are saying, because since you are not contributing to the system (like the rest of you, incl Selebi), it does not affect you.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 13:32

      Melusi, Don't fall into the trap to 'generalize" That's exactly what many Whites do !!!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-22 11:52

      Melusi, leaving this country in hands as stupid as yours will be a disaster. This country belongs to all who live in it, so instead of advising us to book a flight on Quantas, why don't you return to the Congo where your ancestors came from?. Stop displaying your stupidity.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-22 11:54

      Mispala the same goes for you. You have a brain, try and use it.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-22 11:55

      AnthonyofAfrica. You generalize all the time by making out that all whites are the same. Tell me do you have the right to generalize and others do not?.

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-07-21 09:12

    i ask this question , if the other inmates are sick do they also get parole, come on this is corruption even after he has been sentenced he carries on doing this , just like Shaick we will see him on the golf course soon

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-07-21 09:57

    @Melusi. such racist remarks is so typical coming from a black. thats why Africa will remain the begging bowl of the world!

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-07-21 10:35

      Peter, fact is that they enjoy the begging, the fact that the world owes them all, the fact that they can plead dumb, all of it in their favour to demand, and so the world will contribute, anything to keep the Africanism in Africa. They don't, and they never will see begging in the respect we do, because it favours them! Contributing in any respect is a no go area for a Black!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-21 10:04

    So when he is fit enough to be discharged from hospital....does he go back to prison to finish his sentence?

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-21 10:08

    I wonder how many billions in investment in SA and the thousands of jobs , the investment would create in SA, we lost in, excusing the four ANC criminals : Boesak, Yingeni , Shaik and Seledi. I bet you the poor voters that could have had a job and dignity , would vote ANC again, probably because they so brainless as their st 2 leaders, excusing the criminals is.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-07-21 13:06

    how did old Bob Dylan sing in "Masters of war"....I'll stand over your grave and make sure you are dead...

  • Michael Savage - 2012-07-21 14:21

    Behold the miracle of selebi's full recovery.

  • maruis.kleynhans - 2012-07-21 15:38

    One less corrupt bastards' bill, car, house, wife, friends, booze etc off the tax payers money. To little to late.

  • john.markham.737 - 2012-07-21 16:17

    You know I think we are very unfair to these people. Remember they do'nt have the same standards as we have. Crime to them is a way of living, to them its a born instinct. It comes naturally. I think the problem is with the western world and with Christianity. Why do we still try to civilize these people. We have tried for more than 300 years and look at the result. The law is there for civilized communities. It is like telling the animals in The Kruger Park to respect each other and not to kill. The proof is in the past, but still we persist. Are we really that stupid, why do we do it?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 10:13

      Actually John, you make a very valid point. I have no idea why we bother.

  • Raai.wie - 2012-07-21 17:28

    "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." That say it all.

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-07-21 19:53

    No problem being released on medical parole seems to clear up any condition.....He will be better in no time!!!!! With a bit of luck something bad will happen to him.

  • Amanda Mdaka - 2012-07-22 09:58

    Its All about the Benjamins baby , Its all about the Benjamins !

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 10:14

    I see Selebi has bedding - wow, which hospital is he really in? I was admitted to the cardiac section of Helen Joseph and was given a bare mattress. Nice.

  • graeme.potgieter - 2012-07-22 10:16

    Medical decession my ass.then why is clive darby lewis refused parole.his condition is also medical.this decission was political.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-22 11:43

    State hospital? Private hospital?. The tax payer will pay one way or the other.

  • - 2012-07-23 13:50

    someone needs to smack that smirk off his face! Government fails us once again

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