Selebi not discharged yet: Parole board

2012-07-20 12:46

Pretoria - Convicted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was granted medical parole on Friday, but it was up to his doctors to decide when he would be ready to leave the hospital, an official said.

Chairperson of the medical parole advisory board, Victor Ramathesele, told reporters in Pretoria that Selebi would remain at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital until a decision on his health had been made by doctors attending to him.

"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 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.

Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele said the medical parole advisory board convened in Pretoria on June 20 and deliberated on the fate of 12 applications by offenders, including Selebi.

"Six offenders were recommended for medical parole. Of these, two of the offenders were respectively released on the 9th and 12 of July 2012.

Medical wing

"Three offenders' applications were turned down. Mr Jackie Selebi will be released today and another offender is expected to be released next week. Three offenders died whilst the documentation was being processed."

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 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. Selebi had also been trained to administer his own treatment.

He suffers from diabetes and kidney disease.

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-20 12:51

    Stop making excuses, it is too late.

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-20 14:08

      These scumbags don't need excuses. They just run roughshod over any part of the judicial system to protect their scumbag cronies. It just goes to show that the criminal network they are all engaged in, is a law unto itself!

      john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-20 14:33

      They are bigger criminals than drug dealers and thieves.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-07-20 12:51

    This justice system in SA is pathetic -

      1amAlan - 2012-07-20 13:30

      What justice system?

      jaco.faling - 2012-07-20 13:30

      Yep, they have made an absolute mockery of it.

      shengeboy - 2012-07-20 15:12

      ianon.yn,which system are you refering to,because SA does'nt have 1?in future,please call it corrupt system

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-07-20 12:52

    If you are previously disadvantaged and conected - rules can be transformed!!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-20 12:56

    Il bet the government will continue paying for his "treatment" once he is out too!!Its blatantly obvious who has the justice system in their pocket!!! Fraudsters dont vrek that easy-the devil looks after his own!

  • BBDRSA - 2012-07-20 12:58

    Well positive side is that I need 1 more medical parolee for my disabled 4 ball.....

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-20 13:31

      Would you really play 18 with these a h 's ?

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-20 14:23

      i would but il accidently strike them several times in the skull with my 3 iron

  • pierre.coetzee.7 - 2012-07-20 13:02

    If you are granted medical parole, shouldn't you be on your deathbed? Now they are deciding when to discharge him out of hospital which means he is almost fit and healthy enough to lead a normal life???? When will he be punished then for his crimes and the 15years he should have served???Disgusting!!!!

      1amAlan - 2012-07-20 13:31

      Oh come now, as if none of us saw this coming.

      lovemore.masikane - 2012-07-20 13:46

      Wow thats the ANC

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-20 13:03

    Absolutely Disgusting

  • james.bondiski - 2012-07-20 13:10


  • ian.jansevanvuuren - 2012-07-20 13:11

    Watch him make a remarkable recovery, alla Shaik. We should actually patent this recipe for people with terminal illnesses - seems to work every time. Tell them they're going to jail - they fall ill and apply for parole on medical grounds. Set them free and hey presto - its a miracle! Seems to work from Cape to Cairo...

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-20 13:13

    Ag come on guys we all knew Selebi will not go to prison, why are you acting surprised now?!?

  • crazyjourno - 2012-07-20 13:13

    Did you guys not hear that apparently golf now cures AIDS!

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 13:13

    Wow, lol, wow!! And they arrived at this decision on the 20th of June!! Lol!!

      crazyjourno - 2012-07-20 13:21

      Yeah, they could not announce it on poor old Tata's Bday- he would have had the surprise of his life! (Or death for that matter)

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 13:29

      Clarissa, they've known for a month!! They inform us on the release day!!

  • ryk.lochner - 2012-07-20 13:14

    Aaaaaaaaaaah rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble!!!!!!!

  • kingkongVB - 2012-07-20 13:15

    you only have to go back to this link to see that we allknew what was going to happen

  • Claire - 2012-07-20 13:16

    Sounds familiar, I think there must be some unwritten agreement between political deviants and their parties. That if one takes the fall (due to too much bad publicity), they are promised freedom due to medical reasons a few months after being jailed.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-07-20 13:18

    Here we go again. The anc is once more selling it's self short. People of South Africa pay heed, make an informed decision on your next vote. The government talks about weeding out CORRUPTION, when this act displays corruption on its merits.A SAD day for South Africa.

  • crazyjourno - 2012-07-20 13:18

    ".... like any other South African." Fukcit! Who is he kidding? Other Saffas do not skip jail for being the president of Interpol after being found guilty on corruption charges!! Noooo way, they stay in jail...and tot/die! I guess his cronies can't let him die of HIV/Aids in prison like a pleb! *Pukes*

  • mandy.ferreira.773 - 2012-07-20 13:18

    Probably run for president. The apples never fall far from the tree.....

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-20 13:18

    Only three where Zuma cadres. The others where IFP.

  • jake.thesnake.3950 - 2012-07-20 13:21

    If I remember correctly, the law was revised after that @$$hole Shaick flouted it. A convict released on medical parole would have to kick the bucket in the prescribed time (I think it's a year), or their parole would be reviewed. So, if this p.o.s. doesn't die soon - and we all know he won't - the urge to strangle him myself is going to overwhelm me!

  • Msika - 2012-07-20 13:23

    Not discharged yet. Does it matter? Fact is he will be out soon, and that to me will be the darkest-lowest moment ever in our justice system.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 13:26

    Is it just his kidney?? Am sure we can get donors!! Lol

  • mlondolozi.matshini - 2012-07-20 13:31

    he's out! propably sipin a red wine sittin on his crafton calling all his pals, \the plan worked, am free at last!!!!\

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 13:32

    Did he actually spend a day in prison? Didn't he go straight to hospital?

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-07-20 13:34

    I knew it!!!!!!!!!!! If u ddnt, wat dd u expect?huh

  • Phelamanga - 2012-07-20 13:36

    They have wonderful diabetes and kidney clinics in other countries. Looks like an ambassadorship is on the offing. Malaysia will be a good place. He can get visits from Uncle Bob every so often.

  • Jeffrey Mangz Longwe - 2012-07-20 13:39

    Hayi, if i was white i would have left this damn country long ago, but since im black am stuck here. But 'when' this ship goes down im out boy, rather be a minority in a white mans world than put up with this nonsense.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-20 13:40

    Hehehe #claps hands in disbelief! Schaik now Selebi. Hands up if you can provide a tender for Jackie Selebi's dialysis machine?

  • koketso.ngele.7 - 2012-07-20 13:42

    Even Stevie saw this coming...

  • Craig Patterson - 2012-07-20 13:43

    I wonder if all inmates are as pe'ed off as I am about high profile inmates getting released , coz he has a headache or some other trumped up illness. he's just going to shack up with Shaik, at the first opportunity and talk about their well thought out escape plans. They may pull the wool over the eyes of the politicians, but not the people

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-20 13:44

    ...and the medical parole advisory board came to this conclusion without any political pressure ? Yeah right, keep on lying to us.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-20 13:47

    he soon will be...his Zumas friend

      trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-20 14:05 happened...just heard it on the news

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-20 13:48

    All semantics. The anc is a CRIMINAL organization.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 13:48

    Apparently he needs dialysis 3 times a day due to kidney disease. If this is true then he really is very ill.

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-20 13:55

      What about Derby Lewis is he to white .

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-20 14:06

      He is the one who said he will never go to jail . He was right; Land of milk and honey

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 14:20

      Just giving him the benefit of the doubt.....not that I believe any of it.

  • clinton.reynecke - 2012-07-20 13:49

    Foooooooouuuuuurrrrrr!!!!! Ring Ring. "hallo, sorry you got me on my back swing? yes it is Jackie...Glennnnn? long time no speak...yes i am just playing a round with Shaik?

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-20 13:50

    Bring these doctors to book - they are corrupt.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-07-20 13:51

    That was expected. Curruption at its best.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-20 13:51

    take him to a vet and have him put down.

  • Clive - 2012-07-20 13:52

    Where is he ? He hasn't been in jail either ! Is Derby Lewis included as one of the others to receive a medical parole pardon ?

  • clinton.reynecke - 2012-07-20 13:53

    Fouuuuuuuuur!! ring ring "hallo...yet it is Jackie...GLENNNNN? yes man.. i am just playing a medical parole round with Shaik...we must meet!"

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-20 13:55

    The sooner Zuma goes the better for all of us.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-20 13:55

    Crime really pays in this country. Selebi must be the one and only Government official to ever be officially charged with corruption and fraud. The others usually don’t even get a slap on the wrist, or are ever asked to return their illegal gains. The Government is secretly so proud of them, especially if the sums are horrendously large and the time to be exposed inordinately long, they get promoted to a more prestigious position such as SA Ambassador to London. Poor Derby Lewis and Swalensky on the other hand, after about 30 yrs of jail, have had every bail application dismissed out of hand. They must be so sorry that they are of the pale skinned variety, and do not have friends in high places. With Selebi's 15 million legal costs, all paid out of our taxes off course, he has now earned himself after a few months imprisonment, most of it spend in a five star private ward, private hospital, best doctors in the country. Also all paid out of our tax money. Now as a little parole surprise, he is to get a full state pension commensurate with the high political office he so proudly served with the utmost integrity, honesty and pride. The rest of the civilized world’s politicians must have watery eyes, when they think just how unequal a society SA has become. Privilege for a few and a dark, cold cell with bread and water for the rest. Well done Jacob, the country salutes you.

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-20 13:56

    Wow, what a surprise...

  • mphotokornel - 2012-07-20 13:57

    He wil b at a golf estate nwtwik wit schabir shaik...js hang in the jacky sure u cnt w8 to mit ur old 4rnds

  • jacques.marais.925 - 2012-07-20 14:02

    Hi Jackie we are teeing of at 15hoo tell them to hurry up. i am feeling much better. Comrade Shabir

      mlungisi.phakathi - 2012-07-20 14:04

      A classical case of the rape of justice system. Making Zapiro's work way too easy

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-07-20 14:03

    If he can be paroled for medical reasons then that guy that shot hani and is also busy dying of cancer can be paroled on medical reasons. But I suppose that will never happen because he is not linked to the ANC or any of its cronies. This is pure discrimination on the governments part.

  • Tawizee - 2012-07-20 14:05

    This is as good as being discharged. Doctors are not prison guards!

  • nic.nicol.7 - 2012-07-20 14:06

    Not discharged yet? still making golf appointments on state paid telephones

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 14:06

    Any news on comrade Shaik's health situation?

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-07-20 14:07

    It has taken longer that I thought. A whole 6 months. Holy cow.