Selebi release not preferential - official

2012-07-20 14:07

Pretoria - The release on medical parole of convicted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was a purely medical decision, Correctional Services Commissioner Tom Moyane said on Friday.

"His wife applied [on Selebi’s behalf] for the medical parole to be considered as such. He has spent 229 days in our facilities and it was our responsibility to do all the due diligence regarding his health," he said.

"It was confirmed that he is suffering from the diseases that the doctors said he is suffering from. So there was no preferential treatment to Mr Selebi," he said.

Chairperson of the medical parole advisory board Victor Ramathesele, told reporters Selebi was currently receiving "the best possible treatment" at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

"All attempts have been made to ensure that he receives the best treatment. Preparations have been made to ensure that he continues to receive adequate treatment when he is released from hospital," said Ramathesele.

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.

The embattled former Interpol president suffers from diabetes and kidney disease.

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.

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.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-20 14:10

    His arrest was all just for the media and public... His friends in government promised him that they would get him out and today they came through! Corrupt bastards!

      justin.m.edgecomb - 2012-07-20 14:11

      absolute lies!!!!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-20 14:16

      Of course its not! When a government official says so you better believe it! He is obviously entitled to a game of golf with Shaik before he dies? ROFL this is ridiculous I dont believe it one second!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-20 14:27

      So he's got the Shaiks. Does he have a handicap or is he handicapped? Time will tell, but it reeks of favoritism.

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-07-20 14:30

      Damn nation! (or rather damn ANC)

      jason.children - 2012-07-20 14:31

      Its the cANCer we all have to live with! Just make sure you all Vote, every single one of you. Every election the ANC lose ground!

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-20 14:34

      Corrupt bastards! And the ANC wonders why nobody respects them.

      freddie.miff - 2012-07-20 14:43

      What nonsense, we all knew he would be out within a couple of years. Of course this is a prefential release. We were not born yesterday and are educated and intelligent enough to decipher the truth.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-20 14:46

      This coming from a man who looks like Pinnochios twin!!!!!

      Travis - 2012-07-20 15:14

      I would vote for a baked potato before I gave my vote to the ANC.....and this is amongst the infinite reasons why.

      dee.980 - 2012-07-20 15:20

      @ Ova I agree with you. Apply the same standards for all with no discrimination. Then that the begs the question why C.Derby Lewis's cancer does not qualify for medical parole. Remembering that Selebi has served less than 1 year of his 15yr sentence - and has not acknowledged his guilt nor shown any remorse for his crimes.

      thomas.mazibisa - 2012-07-20 15:22

      as if he was ever in prison, was it prison or hospital? - 2012-07-20 15:43

      Why are we not surprised? The only surprising thing is that it took so long.

      desmond.drake.1 - 2012-07-20 16:47

      @Jamba. Already wearing his golf shirt ready to tee off.

  • - 2012-07-20 14:11

    yeah yeah pinocchio...

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-20 14:19

      Spot on! Please explain, in lieu of this BS you lot are spewing, why is Clive Derby-Lewis and Eugene de Kock still denied? Lying scum!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-20 15:10

      This is the real issue. He might be very sick - even terminal, but he is not the only one. He is however the preferred one.

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-07-20 14:16

    So Mr Moyane thinks we are such IDIOTS to believe him! He thinks we are all stupid! This was a political decision. "Finish and Klaar" Just like the cases against Zuma that were withdrawn.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-20 14:17

    Neither was Shaik, right?!

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-07-20 14:17

    Ok if he is released now, is he going to be paying for his own medical expenses now and not me anymore. Should hope so.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-20 14:21

      I doubt he is even sick Cina! This is all just a cover up!

  • thasmeel.singh - 2012-07-20 14:19

    not preferential? wow! look outside, i think i see some pigs flying

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-20 14:20

    Everyone with diabetes and kidney disease, gets the get out of jail free card. If you have these ailments you can break the law, steal and plunder as you please and you get the best medical treatment for your efforts.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-20 14:31

      Maybe an ANC member card is also needed.

  • bles.deklerk - 2012-07-20 14:24

    Selebi release not preferential - official - And the moon is made of cheese. What about Clive Darby Lewis?? The non-release is pre-meditated.

      burtfred.brown - 2012-07-20 14:59

      Goboza - Selebi assisted his fellow criminal Agliotti to sell drugs. He helped to kill thousands of drug addicts. If he had done this in USA, he would probably have been executed.

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-07-20 15:44

      I do not want Derby-Lewis released, I don't want Shaik released, I don't want Selebi a nutshell, I don't want any criminals to be released before they have served their time.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-07-20 14:26

    I hope that guy that killed hani also gets medical parole as he is really sick not just make belief. But I suppose that will never happen. Wrong skin color and not friends with zuma and his cronies. And I don't care if anybody says I'm a racist because it is the truth.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-20 14:26

    Stop your blatant lyingly!!! We are not bloody stupid!

  • peter.retief - 2012-07-20 14:28

    yes it is, fact

  • geraldsebanda - 2012-07-20 14:30

    he is wearing a golf shirt in the pic!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 14:48

      Yep shaik is waiting for him on the golf course - 2012-07-20 15:47

      Well spotted, Gerald. It's a Tee-off shirt.

  • richard.burns.94651 - 2012-07-20 14:30

    Well done you marmoset!!

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-07-20 14:34

    Ja sure my a$$!!! Corruption at its best...

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-20 14:35

    It's not preferential? Then has that been granted to all more terminally-ill thugs? Our justice system has never been fair-it was only meant for the poor who are mostly black. The Zuma government is RAPING it from all angles.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 14:35

    Let`s raise funds for a kidney transplant and get him back in jail.

  • shengeboy - 2012-07-20 14:37

    no need to explain your lies,i mean selves,we believe your corruption,i mean story

  • Teuneman - 2012-07-20 14:37

    Fix him, use black market organs if neccassary, and send him back to the slammer!

      Press - 2012-07-20 15:58

      Why not just paint him with his organs hanging out - under Ubuntu that is apparently more offensive than the insult here given to the whole community who paid for his (successful) prosecution. There is no way that one can think of an insufficient magnitude to repay the compliment dished out here to citizens . . . .

  • lulama - 2012-07-20 14:39

    Yeah right! This is shameful

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-20 14:40

    Anyone can pay off a doctor anyway, it is though especially easy if it is the ANC and my tax money doing it!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-20 14:40

    "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." The ultimate slap in the face. The majority of people can not even get basic medical care.

  • storminplett - 2012-07-20 14:40

    He is as sick as Shabby Sheik but not as sick as the morons on the medical parole board , finish & klaar

      john.m.mcdowall - 2012-07-20 15:43

      Good one. Couldn't have said it better.

  • makina.mashaba - 2012-07-20 14:43

    Bad news everyone Jackie Selebi is not gonna die soon not even hell wants HIM!

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-20 15:08

      Xovise that's bullsh*t what comes out of you!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-20 14:43

    You are just embaressing yourself more by your lies! Its called "cadreism" not preferential!

  • matshobana.siziba - 2012-07-20 14:44

    "When the doctors feel he has to leave the hospital they will exercise that clinical judgement at that point," - I thought he was realised because he is terminally ill - meaning from hospital to 6 ft under. I feel cheated.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 14:48

      Well, my understanding of things is that one needs to be basically \on your death bed\ before getting released on medical parole. Apparantly SA

      FinalJustice - 2012-07-20 14:54

      He will die a very slow, painful death. And whatever awaits on the other side will serve it's purpose. I am sure of that.

      erhardvz - 2012-07-20 15:02

      No Matshobana Although "End-Stage Renal Failure" sound very final, one can live with the disease for a long period. Some people have been kept going with dialysis for over 20 years... and there is always the hope of a transplant. I also have ESRD - I work three days a week. No reason why Selebi cant be locked up and receive dialysis in jail.

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-07-20 15:08

      Am sorry to hear that Erhardvz. I stongly believed that his illness was induced. watchout a miracle will happen soon and he will be up and running in less than no time after his release.

  • renesongs - 2012-07-20 14:44

    This country under the ANC has become very sick indeed. We need a cure

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-20 14:45

    As apposed to Shaik who was let out for "corruption reasons"

  • hendrikvs - 2012-07-20 14:45

    His disease was identified as 'cannot-keep-hands-out-of-the-till' syndrome?

  • makina.mashaba - 2012-07-20 14:46

    Bad news everyone Jackie Selebi is not gonna die soon not even hell wants HIM!

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-07-20 14:47

    Obvious he hd 2 come out quick,he is one of Zuma- the rapist-'s gangsters.\r\nHe gon join Shabir @ da golf club soon,Cele,n da likes 2 rape us mo.\r\nI suggest if he doesn't die within 200 days then he must be send back 2 a jail cell.

  • luyolo.makalima - 2012-07-20 14:48

    This guy did not commit corruption ,that was treason ...any social servant who dishonours the government like that ,needs to be tried for treason ,not corruption

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-20 18:25

      then the whole govt needs to be tried for treason,they all have a finger in the pie.

  • Heinrich - 2012-07-20 14:49

    In other news Cape town will have beautiful summer weather this weekend. Get those beach towels ready. wait... is this the union news website?

  • gpitse - 2012-07-20 14:49

    It is now crystal clear,which party to vote for if we want to root out all the evil cANCer from our system....

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 14:54

    Ag asseblief, wat 'n pot snot!!! Ons almal weet korrupsie rule alweer. Dis 'n absolute disgrace wat in ons land aangaan, jy kan steel en moor en bedrog pleeg en verkrag en dan vang jy gou 'n shower of maak of jy siek is as jy moet tronk toe gaan.

  • erhardvz - 2012-07-20 14:57

    My question is: I have end stage renal failure - should I defraud my current employer (yes it is actually possible to work and have a relative normal life while having ESRD, up to 20 years and even beyond thanks to dialysis) or should I put in a tender and defraud the state ???

  • KennySven - 2012-07-20 15:01

    If this is allowed South Africa is surely no longer a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY BUT A FOURTH WORLD ZOO The people who sanctioned this should have their tails put back on. Let the THIEVING SWINE ROT IN JAIL.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-07-20 15:06

    Hahahahahahaha, this is just to funny for words, just another indication of how far wrong things have gone in our country, it is so so sad, well at least Shaik whatshis face has a golfing partner now.... wow wow wow....

  • ashleigh.m.miller - 2012-07-20 15:06

    What RUBBISH!!! Another Shaik story.. The golf courses are calling...

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-20 15:07

    Shortly after his Polokwane victory, when asked about his corruption trial, Zuma said ' I will cross that bridge when I get there'. Did he cross it? No! He jumped it. All those close to him will jump this bridge

  • jackson.harrison.752 - 2012-07-20 15:08

    So when is Clive Derby Lewis coming out - This is getting ridiculous now , F**K this stinking ANC Govt

      Philip - 2012-07-20 15:56

      He's not! the family don't want him out? The fact that selebi stole my money, I wasn't even consulted on his release???

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-20 15:08

    Diabetes, kidney disease and kleptomania .

  • thechrisberryshow - 2012-07-20 15:08

    ....I call Bu!!Sh*t

  • sharon.ackerman.77 - 2012-07-20 15:10

    WHAT AN ABSOLUTE BALL OF F>>N S>>>T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mart.botha - 2012-07-20 15:11

    This just illustrates why South Africa is fast becoming the crime capital of the world.

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  • pat.aldrich.96 - 2012-07-20 15:11

    Next guy wigh an uncurable decease will be Zuma after december

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-07-20 16:19

      and he has a good alibi for it...we all know what happened before the shower :)

  • samuel.thomas.3538 - 2012-07-20 15:12

    someone answer:is everyone wit renal disease and diabetes,which usually go hand in hand,getting a medical parole....i quote'during his appeal judgement,it was decided he wl spend his sentence on the central prison's medical wing indefinitely'\r\nwat happened then.

  • Travis - 2012-07-20 15:13

    I would vote for a baked potato before I gave my vote to the ANC.....and this is amongst the infinite reasons why.

  • theart.korsten - 2012-07-20 15:14

    What a great example we are sending to future elected/appointed leaders of this nation. And Zuma says he wants to root out corruption. Lip-service! Please! What a joke! it's embarrassing on so many levels it's just not funny any longer. disgraceful. And who's paying for all this care - we are - taX payers.

  • Teuneman - 2012-07-20 15:14

    If you make South Africa a cartoon(some people already started the effort-cudo's) it will run longer on TV than The Simpsons.

  • pietertjie.pompies - 2012-07-20 15:17

    Hoop die donner vrek gou!.