Selebi likely to spend night in hospital

2011-12-20 14:35

Johannesburg - Convicted former police chief Jackie Selebi is likely to spend another night in hospital, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Wynanda Coetzee declined to discuss his condition, but when asked if he would spend Tuesday night in hospital, she replied: "I think so."

She said she would probably be able to give an update on his condition on Wednesday afternoon.

The New Age newspaper earlier reported that Selebi was taken to the nephrology (kidney) ward of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Monday morning under armed guard.

The department of correctional services told the newspaper that Selebi was undergoing tests at the hospital.

"We can confirm that he is not well... I have seen him and he is not looking good," correctional services commissioner Tom Monyane said.

"He is currently undergoing diagnosis. He is in a serious condition but it is not life-threatening."

Selebi was booked into prison on December 5 to start a 15-year jail term.

He was found guilty of corruption for accepting money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and for giving Agliotti benefits such as showing him a British drug investigation report.

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time.

His appeal against the corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on December 2.

Selebi watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, his lawyer said at the time.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-20 14:47

    Likely???? This traitor of the South African public should not be getting v.i.p. treatment for an illness that is of no consequence!!!!Next he will be having golf practicing facilities installed!!! Rot in hell you corrupt old scumbag!

      Maduvha - 2011-12-20 14:52

      I hope you aren't a mother yet. If it was your family member you wouldn't be doing that because the man didn't steal anyones money or kill anyone. He is a human being after-all. We wish him speedy recovery.

      Bardy - 2011-12-20 14:58

      I am telling you guys that he is paying the doctors and some correctional service people off to keep him in hospital! He will end up just like Agliotti!

  • Bob - 2011-12-20 14:55

    He is always having tests and diagnosis....but we hear stuff all about their findings and prognosis…! It is just soooo uncanny that he just happens to have the one disease that has to be treated at a hospital outside of prison because he is over 50 years of age. This is all a well orchestrated ploy. We the public demand to know his precise medical condition…and make it public in the news media to prove it …Failing which, stop this balderdash once and for all!

  • Grant - 2011-12-20 15:00

    He seems to have the symptoms of Shaikalitis.

  • Bongani Sileku - 2011-12-20 15:06

    Its cruel to keep someone in jail for just corruption . I think they must let the poor guy off and gv him house arrest or sometin. He stole money he killed no one

      Johan - 2011-12-20 16:50

      Corruption means they are turning a blind eye while other do the killing. That makes him just as guilty of murder. Given his position, he should get death penality, let alone a prison sentence.

  • Karmah - 2011-12-20 15:07

    Go to jail or DIE already you corrupt old man

      Tumelo - 2011-12-20 15:31

      R u nuts u IDIOT? How can u say something like that???NXA!!!

  • Louw - 2011-12-20 15:11

    hy gaan ontsnap !!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-20 15:14

    Madhuva: I am someones mother,my children were taught decency,honesty and self respect!He didnt steal someones money he stole something much worse-the trust of the people he was supposed to be protecting!!!! How many people died because of his dealings with Agliotti?? Do you know???? Since when does age factor in to right or wrong? South Africa thinks its the norm to have corrupt people ruling them!!!!!

  • Sphiwe - 2011-12-20 15:20

    Maybe we should all become a lawlessness society because people are commiting crime and the government is not doing anything about it - let us all do crime and get our medical doctors to protect us from going to jail.

      Shoe - 2011-12-20 15:46

      That is exactly the point, people do not just to crime becuase they can get away with it. Its all about the locus of control, which is mostly internal. Its all about the value system. Some people would not commit crime even they were the living being on the planet. And thats a huge # of people, for that matter.

  • trevor.charles3 - 2011-12-20 15:22


  • rose.mcmillan - 2011-12-20 15:24

    Its amazing how Selebi is suddenly so ill that he has to go to hospital, shame, he is as corrupt as his cronies, will he be released to spend his sentence at home just like his pal, Shaik you must rot in jail like a pauper, no special treatment. you must forfeit everything that you have, that you gained unlawfully

  • Shoe - 2011-12-20 15:41

    Poor Jackie. Why suffer like this? May he be saved this suffering and pain in eternal rest. South Africa forgives and releases him to eternity and peace. Now, you can go ahead and euthinize him.

  • winston.mullany - 2011-12-20 15:49

    Oh just die already and get over and done with it!!!!

  • Natalie - 2011-12-20 16:08

    How convenient? We all get the same treatment or are suppose to get the same treatment. If you did something wrong you have to pay for what youve done. What makes him special? He doesnt even have a job anymore, so he is anyway the same as anyone else. He must start his jail sentence otherwise what example are we showing to the world?

      Bob - 2011-12-20 16:29

      Exactly Natalie...he is getting preferential treatment not afforded to other normal inmates.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-20 17:12

    Send the malingering bastard to his cell block now!

  • Norman Leslie - 2011-12-20 17:20

    To all the people (from what I've read are mostly african brothers and sisters) saying let the old man go " he just stole money, he did not murder". In the newspaper and television we read and see protests for "economic freedom", effects of poverty and the highly debated secracy bill. Have you ever thought how much wealth would be available if officials kept their dirty paws out of the till? How it will effect toll gate prices, food prices, electricity prices, service delivery, crime, depression, alcohol abuse etc? Stop avoiding the problem and shifting the blame. Stop latching on to these thieves who lie and portray themselves as role models. We all need role models and leaders....but following "leaders" because they are the right colour to YOUR MEANING and they sing well known struggle songs of yester year provoking hatred and a struggle put to rest is foolish. Start researching your facts before throwing your fists in the air, reflect on your own lives then refer to that of your chosen leaders. Stop acting like fools!

  • David - 2011-12-20 17:30

    Who gives a sh*t anymore. So what. Report on something else

  • spartanx93 - 2011-12-20 17:33

    just give the toss the lethal injection whilst he's there!

  • Eric Schollar - 2011-12-20 17:45

    Why is he not in the prison hospital? Next thing he will be recuperating on the golf course with warders providing caddy serices!

  • jmccaffs - 2011-12-20 18:35

    the world is looking on Mr zuma

  • Elkieta - 2011-12-20 18:41

    He does not look sick at all.Now we have Selebelitis too.Dangerous.....

      Bob - 2011-12-20 19:17

      Oh hell!! Is it contagious?

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